Greetings art lovers and clients,
It is almost Showtime here at Gallery Guide. I am expecting the new edition to arrive with the week. Stan and I will be out right after that, crisscrossing the State of Maine, delivering our exciting new guide.
I have just finished updating our website. If you are an advertiser, please check your page to make sure everything is correct, including your links. All your events submitted to our calendar automatically appear on your own page, so keep me posted (with your events + images) through our online “contact/submit.” Please use the same method to contact me, but not all at once please! You can visit our MG+SG website here.
And here is a sneak preview of the online version of the Gallery Guide. It will soon be embedded in our website, where it can be viewed be people all over the world. It is an amazing technology and has live links for every ad and listing in the guide. Click on your web address in your ad, and it goes right to it! Last year’s online version got thousands of views – an extra plus for our advertisers.
Café des Artistes, our popular radio show will start up again this Memorial Day Weekend and will air on WERU–89.9FM Blue Hill and WERU–99.9FM Bangor at Saturday morning at 8:30am, and on WMPG-90.9FM Portland at Sunday 11 am.
The show is five minutes in which we try to generate excitement and interest in Maine art, let people know of shows opening in the area, and usually air an interesting interview. If you do not hear it live (it covers most of the coast) you can always play our Café podcast on our blog.
I guess that about covers it for now. Hope I get to see you while I am out delivering. I can’t wait for you to see the new guides!
Michael Loew, “Monhegan Bay”
“Come Spring” and “14 Maine Modernists” opens at
Gleason Fine Art, Portland
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.
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.
Landing Gallery, Rockland, opens its 2011 season with the “2011 Invitational” exhibit, May 6 through June 26. The show opens Friday, May 6, with a reception from 5 – 8 pm during the First Friday Arts in Rockland art walk.
This exhibit will feature new small works– works accessible to all collectors– by the gallery’s 34 artists. Three of the artists, Sarah Faragher, Michael Kahn and Rebecca Rivers, have been accepted into the prestigious “2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial” on exhibit through June 5. The gallery is also welcoming the work of five new artists to the gallery and will have over 100 new works on display. FMI, visit Landing Gallery online or call (207) 594-4544.
Greenhut Galleries in Portland is currently showing Rediscovering Maine, a solo exhibition of paintings by Margaret Gerding, on display through May 28. Gerding continues her exploration of atmospheric New England landscape with her warm seductive color palette and textured brushwork. Her work explores a spirit of place through color, shape, texture and tone. She expertly leads the viewer into rediscovering the landscape by creating a window into a new moment in time. FMI, call (207)772-2693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Arts’ 1st Annual Fine Crafts Exhibition will be on display May 6 through May 30 and have an Opening Reception at Friday, May 6, 5-7 pm. The exhibition is held at Gallery II, Damariscotta. Categories of craft include Basketry, Ceramics, Fiber Wearable, Fiber Decorative, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Wood, and more.
Juror Carl Little says, “Looking through the work submitted to this show, I smiled and thanked my lucky stars (again) that I wound up in Maine where the craft artists tap their talents and the creativity flows (not just in spring). I discovered a terrific cross-section of craft art, with just about every imaginable material employed in inventive ways. […] There’s a whole lot of ingenuity going on—the found objects seamlessly integrated into Patrick Plourde’s furnishings or Edward Mackenzie’s re-purposed piano component picture frames—and a lot of style and substance: a colorful synchromist tapestry by Sara Hotchkiss, an earthenware vessel with porcupine quills by Barbara Eldred, Jonathan Mess’s ceramic sculpture based on a landfill.” FMI or to help with “gallery sitting,” email email@example.com or call 207-563-1507.
Portland Museum of Art presents a symposium, Art On-Site: Studio Practice in 21st-Century Art, Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. What role does an artist’s studio play in the creative process? From the 19th-century studios of Winslow Homer to contemporary artists working on Congress Street, Maine has been a magnet for artists. This day-long symposium asks us to think about studio, place, and practice. New Spring Price: $35/$25 members. To learn more, visit Portland Museum of Art online.
Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is currently showing Aprons, Arms, Legs and Drawers, a furniture show of sorts, which runs through May 29th 2011. An opening reception will be held Friday May 6, 5-8pm.
This exhibition is as much about furniture as it is of furniture. Åarhus Gallery has assembled a roomful of Maine artists showing work with a central theme of furniture, ie: paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, about or pertaining for the most part, to the artists musings and interpretations of… furniture. This exhibition will feature actual real live furniture, designed and built by several exceptional Maine artisans new to the Åarhus scene.
Artists featured in this exhibition will include Matt Berta, Louise Bourne, Anne Cox, Heidi Daub, Aaron Fedarko, Harold Garde, Jay Gibson, Frances Hodsdon, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Paul Jurutka, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, John McAlevey, Kate McLeod, Pat Plourde, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Tim Rousseau, Sarah Szwajkos, Liza Wheeler, and Andrea Young. FMI, call 338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery online.
Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will present a lecture by Director of Education Roger Dell, “Stillness and Silence: The Realism of Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Robert Frank and Susan Sontag,” May 11 at 5:30pm. The talk is part of the Museum’s Achieving American Art lecture series. The lecture will take place at The Strand Theatre.
Until the middle of the twentieth century, the predominant mode of American artistic expression was realism. This lecture will suggest how the art of three visual artists and one writer emphasizes stillness and silence, qualities usually irrelevant in realistic art. The talk will be a close reading of paintings, photographs and prose that in various ways concern themselves with the sometimes unsettling aspects of stillness and silence.
The lectures are being held every Wednesday in The Strand Theatre, at 5:30 pm, through June 8. For individual lectures, tickets are available with no reservations at the door: Members $12/nonmembers $15. Full-time students and teachers are admitted free, reservations required. For more information, call the Farnsworth Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit Farnsworth Art Museum online.
Portland Museum of Art is currently presenting an installation of Will Barnet‘s work on the third floor from the permanent collection as well as select loans, through August 14.
Will Barnet will celebrate his 100th birthday on May 25. To honor this extraordinary moment, the Museum presents Barnet, a long-time summer resident of Maine and a close friend of the Museum, as a national treasure. A painter, printmaker, and teacher, his work is in major collections from coast to coast, and he has mentored generations of students at the Art Students League, Yale University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Cooper Union. Portland Museum of Art is thrilled to wish him a happy birthday! FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit the Portland Museum of Art online.
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, has exhibited the best in original Maine created paintings and sculpture since 1957. Maine Art Gallery opens the 2011 season with the first of their monthly juried exhibits titled The Colors of Music. This exhibit explores music’s influence on artistic creativity, and the artist’s sensitivity to the musical influence. Who better to jury this exhibit than the immensely talented artists of the Daponte String Quartet? The exhibit runs through June 5. FMI, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or the gallery office at 882-7511. Membership details may be found at Maine Art Gallery’s website.
River Arts‘ exhibition Garden of Earthly Delights is now on display at 170 Main Street, Damariscotta, through June 10. Just in time for spring, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” exhibition explores all we envision and experience in our gardens, including the natural forces and creatures that occupy them, as well as the human role. Such art embraces heart, mind and imagination in the many moods of the garden, from joy, serenity and release to struggle, complexity and mystery. FMI and to view works from Garden of Earthly Delights, visit River Arts online or call (207) 563-1507.
Above left: Betsy Headley
University of Maine Museum of Art presents an ART@NOON gallery talk Thursday, May 12. Featured artist JT Gibson will comment on the sculptures in his exhibition Implements, as well as his creative process. ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public. UMMA spring exhibitions will be on display through June 11.Visit UMMA’s website to learn more about the ART@NOON series, current exhibitions and other museum programs.
Aaron Sober will be joining the line up of fantastic instructors at Maine Crafts Association Haystack Workshop Weekend, May 12-15, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Sober will be replacing Anne Perrigo and offering a new clay workshop during MCA’s Haystack Workshop Weekend. There’s still space and time to sign up for the class.
Sober says of his own work: “Like a pair of work boots, my pots are made to be durable and masculine, but also not without grace. As I infuse functional forms with these qualities, I am interested in embellishing the surface with brushwork. The marriage of form and surface continues to fascinate me and motivate my work. As time passes, I am finding that the pots coming out of the kiln are getting simpler and less adorned. It is my hope that my pots become useful and intimate parts of peoples’ lives.”
His workshop will focus on throwing pots on the wheel. FMI and to register, call (207) 564-0041 or visit Maine Crafts Association online.
South Thomaston artist Loretta Krupinski is honored to be showing her maritime paintings at the Maine State House in Augusta. Krupinski is exhibiting work done in conjunction with her book Looking Astern, published last year by Down East Books. Krupinski’s paintings accurately depict life in midcoast Maine during the latter portion of the 19th century and early years of the 20th century. The artist exhaustively researched photo archives for her material. Writing about Krupinski’s work in a recent piece in the Portland Press Herald, artist and gallery owner Tom Crotty refers to her paintings as “positive and uplifting.”
Crotty goes on to say:
Loretta [Krupinski] and her husband spent three years researching the history of enterprises and activities up and down the Maine coast over a period of 100 years or more. …. These paintings and this book [Looking Astern] tell the truly amazing story of the history of labor and industry in Maine. Here we have all the people of Maine working together, creating a vibrant, bountiful, growing economy.
That history is as purely American as anything we have ever seen. It is the history of the miracle of freedom. These are beautiful paintings that have obviously resulted from an impassioned look back at much that has been wonderful and unique about Maine.
Loretta Krupinski’s paintings may be seen at Gleason Fine Art gallery at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. For additional information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or e-mail email@example.com. Or check out the website at gleasonfineart.com.
Dianne Horton and Sandy Dolan‘s Painting Maine by the Roadside is now on display at Marsh River Theater in Brooks. Sandy Dolan paints in oils and her on site work is often finished on 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 the weather. Sometimes she 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. FMI, contact Dianne Horton at (207) 338-3613 or visit her website.
The Maine Craft Association‘s annual Silent Auction will still culminate with a reception at the Gateway Center at Haystack Mountain School for Craft on May 14 from 4 to 6 pm. You may also join MCA for dinner at Haystack following the reception by making a reservation through the MCA office at 564-0041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you cannot be there in person, you can place a bid on one of the beautiful pieces of work which represent some early entries into the auction on display that evening. All proceeds from the auction support MCA’s educational programs. To view items by email, contact MCA by calling (207) 564-0041 or email email@example.com.
Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will open for another exciting season of art exhibitions, programs and workshops on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 with four shows by artist members of the Ogunquit Art Association. Everyone is invited to a gala reception on May 28, 5 to 8 pm. ‘OAA Expressions’ in the Main Gallery features work in a wide variety of subject and medium. ‘Anything Goes’ in the Lower Gallery as artists try out new media and collaborative working methods. Three-dimensional work by Invited New England Sculptors fills the outdoor Sculpture Court. Small works of art are available in the Collectors Gallery.
Joan Osborn Dunkle and Sumner Winebaum will exhibit their paintings and sculptures in the North Gallery. Join them for a free Gallery Talk about changes in their imagery and techniques over the years on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 pm. FMI about Barn Gallery, call 207-646-8400 or go to Barn Gallery online.
Classes, Workshops and More
Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will offer a gouache painting class with instructor Jessica Stammen on Saturdays, May 7 through June 11, 2011, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., The class, intended for beginner to advanced students, will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets.
During this 6-week class with instructor Jessica Stammen, students will work with gouache, a water-based medium heavier and more opaque than watercolor. Gouache has great color saturation and is suitable for quick ideation or finished works. The class is limited to 10 registrants. The fee is $175 for members, $210 for nonmembers. For more information or to sign up, please call 207-596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.
Craft Organization Development Association Leadership Conference in Portland
The Craft Organization Development Association Leadership Conference will take place in Portland Maine, June 8-11, 2011. The Conference is hosted by the Maine Crafts Association. Scholarships are available and make the cost of attending as low as $50.
Workshops, networking sessions and presentation time are part of the conference’s schedule. Keynote Andy Goodman will present “The Power of Storytelling: The First Big Thing,” discussing ways to embrace the power of storytelling to advance your organization’s mission. Learn more and register at CODA’s website, or contact CODA at (870) 746-5159 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday Studio Art Class Series at Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
The Maine Art Gallery Education Committee presents a five week series of Studio Art Classes which will run for five Wednesdays beginning May 11th , 3 pm , at the Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset. All supplies will be provided. Students, middle school through adult, will focus on learning traditional painting studio materials, techniques and composition. The cost is $100 for the first five weeks or $175 for two five week sessions. Email email@example.com to reserve your space, or phone (207) 772-7511.
“The Care and Feeding of Your Original Artworks”
Your original artworks can live for thousands of years and increase in value, or they can begin to disintegrate in as little as five years. How you handle and where you keep your treasured art affects it’s condition and lifespan.
On Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 am, professional art restorer, Peter Fogg, will present a talk designed to help art owners to properly care, house, and handle their original artworks. The talk will be held at Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Peter is an artist as well as the owner of Fogg Art Restoration, in Wiscasset, where he cares for artworks of all mediums, as well as gilded frames. Is it bronze? On paper? On canvas? Gold leaf? Peter will cover it all and answer your questions. You may choose to bring an item with you so that Peter may better access your particular question. The cost is $12 for gallery members and $20 for non-gallery members. Seating is limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 892-7511 to register.
Open House, Potluck and Raku Firing
Come join in the fun at River Arts Studio on Route 1, Damariscotta , Saturday May 21 from 1 to 4 pm. Experience the dynamic ancient firing process of Raku. Pots will be drawn from the kiln while molten hot. They are then placed into a container for a “smoldering” cooling period.
Bring a bisque fired piece of pottery– glazes will be provided. The cost is $30 per person if firing– or just come and watch! Please bring a food dish to share.
A pottery class will be held in preparation for the Raku workshop on Saturday May 7th, 9:30 – 11:30 am. Learn how to make small bowls, boxes and figures. Open to all experience levels, $30 per person includes materials. FMI and more events and workshops, visit River Arts online or call (207) 563-1507.
New ArtLab to Offer Summer Workshops at CMCA
Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is offering eight different art workshops for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 10 this summer, led by professional artist/educators who know how to talk about art with children and engage them in “real” art making that is fun and without an emphasis on “doing it right.” Children will explore a wide range of media and techniques, giving them exciting new tools to express themselves visually and gain appreciation for the wondrous world of art.
The workshops take place in CMCA’s brand-new ArtLab, a fun-filled, hands-on studio classroom, made possible in part by a grant from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. With access to CMCA’s contemporary art exhibitions, children also will learn what to look for in museums and gain inspiration for their own art. Workshops with intriguing titles such as “Let’s Fly, Slither, Leap, and Crawl” and “Pop Art and Mixed Media” will provide children with an enriching experience that’s much more than “something to do” this summer.
CMCA members at the household level and above receive a 10 percent discount on all workshops. For information about the workshops, artist teachers, and schedules and fees, go to cmcanow.org. To request a brochure, email email@example.com or call 207-236-2875.