Openings + Shows


The art season is really gearing up, and there are a lot of outstanding openings up and down the coastline.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will highlight Stephanie Bartron-Miscione and David Little in solo shows as well as exhibiting Printmaker’s Art, a group exhibition which highlights a selection of prints by contemporary and historic Maine printmakers. All three shows look to be fantastic. They each open June 15.

Brunswick will offer a second-Friday opening of
Common Ground: Uncommon Perspectives at Bayview Gallery, featuring breathtaking landscapes explored in non- traditional ways.

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And there is still plenty of time to catch Refashioned at the Portland Museum of Art, a unique exhibition showcasing artists who create wildly altered clothing items that serve as a way to express a historical narrative. That’s on display until July 31.

And all the way South to Ogunquit, you can catch a diverse spread of exhibitions at the Barn Gallery, on show now. The Ogunquit Performing Arts 17th Annual Chamber Music Festival is offering three outstanding musical evenings in mid-June, including the Boston Chamber Music Ensemble, The Daponte String Quartet, and the Cassatt Ensemble.

Wherever you go, enjoy the fabulous art available to us in Maine, and keep checking Cafe des Artistes for more art openings through the summer.

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Openings + Shows

Clockwise from top left: “Waterfall Way” by Mariella Bisson, “Edge of Evening” by William Simpson, “Whispers” by Paul Stone”, “Cove, Moon, Dusk, I” by James Urbaska.

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick will open an exhibition entitled Common Ground: Uncommon Perspectives, featuring Mariella Bisson, William Simpson, Paul Stone and James Urbaska, Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7:30 pm in conjunction with Downtown Brunswick’s Second Friday Artwalk.

From collage and mixed media to oil on canvas, these four painters explore texture and color in the New England landscape in ways that differ from traditional renderings of the land, sea, and sky but which we ultimately recognize as true and authentic representations of experience. FMI, call 800-244-3007 or email

Jean Kigel’s Lotus Series will be exhibited at the Waldoboro Public Library on 958 Main Street during the month of June. Her Lotus Series is inspired by her travels to the Far East.

There she was struck by the beauty of lotuses emerging unstained from dirty water. Understandably, in Asian philosophy, the lotus represents duality: its roots symbolizing material life; its blossoms, spirituality.

To capture this duality, she traditionally mixes sumi with pigment – the, yellows, reds, whites or purples of petals and leaves being toned by ink. To suggest the striving towards spiritual perfection, she often paints partially opened flowers, or ones from which petals have already withered. But to suggest purity, she paints the blossoms fully opened.

Though a perennial, the lotus is also known for its hearty seedpods, which often replant themselves far in time or place from their source. The oldest recorded lotus germination
is from seeds 1,300 years old. Accordingly, the lotus is also the symbol of resurrection. Some of Kigel’s lotus paintings depict only dry seed pods, often painted on gold or silver grounds.

“I enjoy using dry-brush techniques to depict the chi, or energy, of this Eastern jewel,” states Kigel. FMI, call the library at 832-4484 or the artist at 832-5112. Additional “Virtual Galleries” may be viewed on line at Jean Kigel’s website.

Joan Osborn Dunkle, “The First Epistle”

Barn Gallery in Ogunquit is now open for another exciting season of art exhibitions, programs and workshops with four shows by artist members of the Ogunquit Art Association. 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.

The Ogunquit Performing Arts 17th Annual Chamber Music Festival is offering three outstanding musical evenings in mid-June. Boston Chamber Music Ensemble will play on Friday, June 10 at 8:00 PM at the Dunaway Center. The Daponte String Quartet appears on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM at Barn Gallery and the Cassatt Ensemble will appear a week later at the Dunaway Center on Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available for $12 at the door.

FMI about 2011 exhibits, workshops and special events call 207-646-8400 or visit Barn Gallery online.

Marsden Hartley, “Jotham’s Island (now Fox), Off Indian Point, Georgetown, Maine.”

The Portland Museum of Art presents Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940, on exhibit now through September 11. This exhibition of 65 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs will examine the personal and professional relationships of a small group of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century.

Although much of their artistic activity was centered in New York, along with their mentor the photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, these artists all chose to summer in the small mid-coast communities south of Bath, in a region that was then known as “Seguinland.” It was there that they developed a camaraderie and sense of place that strongly influenced their work. This exhibition will feature works by F. Holland Day, Clarence White, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Marguerite and William Zorach, and Gaston Lachaise, among others. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will exhibit Illustrated Passages: Artworks Illustrating Paragraphs and Poems June 9 through July 10. This is an unusual “literary” art exhibit wherein the viewer will see the poem or paragraph which provided the inspiration for each artwork. Visit Maine Art Gallery online for details or call 207-882-7511.

Join Maine Crafts Association for the CODA Conference Exhibitions and Art Walk Friday evening, June 10, 5 – 7 pm. The Maine Crafts Association Members Exhibition will take place at the Eastland Park Hotel, in Portland’s downtown Arts District, and the CODAchrome Exhibition of conference attendees will take place in the upstairs gallery at Harmon & Barton’s.

Join MCA and executive staff of national craft organizations attending the CODA conference for a reception at both exhibitions and mini-art walk of Congress Street galleries, including Daunis Fine Jewelry and 9 Hands Gallery. Reception begins at the Eastland Hotel with refreshments. Art Walk Maps are available when you arrive. Free street parking in Portland begins at 5 pm. The Eastland Park Hotel is in downtown Portland’s Arts District at 157 High Street. FMI, call (207) 564-0041 or visit Maine Crafts Association online.

River Arts in Damariscotta will host a watercolor workshop taught by Marlene Loznicka June 18 and 19 from 10 am to 4 pm. This workshop is recommended for intermediate and advanced students. For detailed information, visit River Arts online.

Join Portland Museum of Art Docent Claudia Bantz for casual and informative discussion on works in the exhibition Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940, Saturday June 11 at 1 pm. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Robert Hamilton, “Warning Shot”

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present a screening of the Maine Masters Project film Robert Hamilton on Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 pm, in conjunction with the current exhibition, Robert Hamilton: The Last Years.

The film is a portrait of the artist, who moved to Maine with his wife Nancy in 1980 after teaching painting at the Rhode Island School of Design for 34 years. Like the jazz improvisation that inspired Hamilton, his paintings are witty, colorful, and eccentric; at a deeper level, they represent themes from his personal history and the history of Western art.

In his later years, Hamilton suffered from severe macular degeneration, but he continued to paint in spite of his physical limitations. The poignant, small-scale paintings on display through July 10 at CMCA were created during the last two years of his career. They are a captivating testament to his ever-inventive imagination and zest for life.

DVD copies of Robert Hamilton: Maine Master are also available for sale at CMCA’s Gallery Shop. There will be a reception for Maine RISD alumni following the film. Admission to the film is $5 for the public and free for CMCA members and RISD alumni. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. For reservations, call 236-2875 or email FMI, visit CMCA online.

John Neville, “Father & Son and Halibut”
Below: Holly Meade, “I Like Coffee, I Like Tea”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will highlight Stephanie Bartron-Miscione and David Little in solo shows as well as exhibiting Printmaker’s Art, a group exhibition which highlights a selection of prints by contemporary and historic Maine printmakers. All three exhibitions are on show June 15 through July 12 and open with a reception on Wednesday, June 15 from 5–7 pm.

In Printmaker’s Art, Courthouse Gallery will highlight a selection of etchings, lithographs, wood block prints, and strappos by contemporary and historic Maine printmakers. There will be an Artist’s Talk on July 6 at 6 pm. Printmakers Susan Groce, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth will talk about their printmaking processes. Historic prints on view include an etching by John Marin who also has an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art; woodblock prints by Carroll Thayer Berry, including one of Fort Knox, Bass Harbor Lighthouse, and the Woodlawn Museum; and woodblock prints by William and Marguerite Zorach. Contemporary printmakers include Harold Garde, Susan Groce, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Dahlov Ipcar, Holly Meade, Robert Neuman, and John Neville.

Stephanie Bartron-Miscione: Island Still Life will also be on display June 15 through July 12 with an opening reception June 15. Stephanie Bartron-Miscione juxtaposes summer flowers, coastal creatures, and man-made objects into provocative still life narratives about island life in Maine. Inspired by simple, everyday objects, and the way islanders arrange the ordinary in an off-handed manner, Bartron-Miscione paints her objects exclusively from life, a time-consuming method she calls slow realism. The reward is extravagantly detailed paintings, rich with layers of contrasting colors and textures. Her limited edition book covers paintings and drawings produced during twenty years of living and working in Maine. There will be an artist’s talk and book signing Wednesday June 22 at 6 pm.

David Little: From Katahdin to Corea, June 15 through July 12, also opens on June 15. Maine artist David Little has painted the Maine landscape for over twenty years. From the Katahdin region to Maine’s coastal islands, Little’s impressionistic oil paintings, abstract watercolors, and pastels exhibit a passion for exploration and nature. Little has a MFA from the University of Iowa, two seasons at the Skowhegan School, and fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Carina House, Monhegan Island. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Art of the Maine Coast and Paintings of New England. An artist’s talk is scheduled for June 29 at 6 pm. FMI on any of these exhibits, please call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

Portland Museum of Art will present Winter in Wartime as part of the Movies at the Museum programming. Showings are on Friday, June 17 at 6:30 pm, Saturday June 18 at 2 pm, and Sunday June 19 at 2 pm.

Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, 13-year-old Michiel is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel’s boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime’s harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility. R. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Arts’s movie listings online.

The Portland Museum of Art presents a day-long discussion entitled Symposium: Making it Meaningful: Interpreting Unique Sites and Experiences on Friday, June 17, 9:30 am to 5 pm. The discussion focuses on innovative strategies for creating meaningful experiences for visitors to unique sites such as the Winslow Homer Studio. The program features presentations by Kathleen McLean, Gail Davitt, and Sandy Goldberg. Lectures, discussions, and workshops will explore recent innovations in museum interpretation and offer ample opportunities for exchange among colleagues. Lunch at the Museum and a concluding reception at the Black Point Inn and the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck are included in the registration fee. Tickets are $50. FMI, call Vanessa Nesvig at 775-6148, ext. 3227.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Maine Crafts Association in collaboration with other organizations will continue to operate the Creative Common at the Maine Mall through Labor Day, as well as the seasonal Center for Maine Craft, Portland. FMI, call (207) 588-0021 or visit Maine Crafts Association online.

Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill is showing Brita Holmquist, Monica Kelly, Judith Leighton, Gayle Lewis, Julie Metz and Michael Rich through July 7. FMI visit Leighton Gallery online or call (207) 374-5001.

Maine Art Gallery is calling for artists and craftspeople for a sidewalk art sale held Saturday June 25 in Wiscasset Village. Deadline June 17. FMI, call 207-882-7511.

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland has launched a new exhibition in the Wyeth Study Center entitled Andrew Wyeth: The Road to Olsons. The exhibition will run through October 30. FMI call 207-596-6457 or visit Farnsworth Museum online.

CRAFT gallery in Rockland opens its second season with “Telling Stories,” on show through July 1. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit CRAFT gallery online.

L/A Arts Gallery in Lewiston 5 is again offering Adobe PhotoShop Elements for Photographers
There is one class remaining in the four week series; the June 11 class is entitled “More Creative Fixes.” Call LA Arts at (207) 782-7228 or go online at to register.

New Era Gallery of Vinalhaven opened summer season with “Winter Works”—a first look at what’s been going on this winter in the studios of your favorite artists, on display through June 22. FMI, call 863-9351, or visit New Era Gallery online.

Gleason Galleries in Boothbay Harbor presents HELEN ST. CLAIR: The Figure and
PHILIP BARTER and MATT BARTER: Father and Son through June 28.FMI, call 207-633-6849 or visit Gleason Fine Art online.
Former members of Belfast’s Artfellows Gallery will exhibit work at Betts Gallery in Belfast through June 25. FMI, call (207) 338-6465 or visit The Belfast Framer online.

Greenhut Galleries in Portland will present Maine Light through June 25. This show is now online. Contact Greenhut Galleries at or (207) 772-2693, or visit Greenhut Galleries online.

Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, kicked off June with an exhibit featuring Ukrainian Artist Mikhail Mikora and Maine Artist Dianne Schelble. Work will be on display until June 27. FMI, visit Carver Hill Gallery online or call (207)594-7745.

Portland Museum of Art will exhibit Refashioned through July 31. Contemporary artists, Lauren Gillette, Anne Lemanski, and Angelika Werth use the configuration of an article of clothing or hairstyle as an armature for historical narratives. FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit the Portland Museum of Art online.

Gleason Fine Art in Portland is showing OF ISLANDS AND OCEANS: Barrett, Beers, Betts, Billis, Curry, Isaacs, Neville, and Witbeck through July 30. Gleason artists Jeff Barrett, Kevin Beers, Brad Betts, Mitch Billis, Tom Curry, Henry Isaacs, John Neville, and David Witbeck show off their favorite subject matter. FMI, call 207-699-5599 or visit Gleason Fine Art online.

Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will exhibit Gary Akers: Maine Mornings through June 29. FMI, call (207)354-0605 or visit Haynes Galleries online.

Portland Museum of Art will present Blank City as part of the Movies at the Museum programming. Showings are on Friday, June 10 at 6:30 pm, Saturday June 11 at 2 pm, and Sunday June 12 at 2 pm. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Arts’s movie listings online.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove in Harpswell is hosting a fundraising event for an International Hand Papermaking Journal on June 11 from 4 to 7 pm. To learn more or to sign up for this unusual reservation-only event, please visit FMI on Gallery at Widgeon Cove, visit their website, email or call (207) 833-6081.

Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will present a workshop entitled Self Marketing for Artists: The Smart Fox Wins! on Saturday June 11 from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Gallery. FMI and to register, call 207-882-7511 or email