Openings + Shows: First Fridays in June

UMMA to Open Photo National 2011 June 24

UMMA’s Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography will open June 24. UMMA’s Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography features 76 works of art by 34 fine art photographers from throughout the United States. Photographers were chosen through a highly competitive jury process. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the diversity of contemporary photographic processes and various approaches prevalent today.

Photo National 2011 features a considerable quantity of color images which underscore the wide-spread practice of digital photography and archival inkjet printing. Works in a range of styles including historical photographic processes, photo-collage and assemblage, photo-documentary and abstraction are highlighted. While the exhibition attests to the unique vision of these varied photographers, the selection also emphasizes noticeable commonalities regarding style and subject matter.

Photo-documentary approaches are well represented in the exhibition. Lisa Kessler’s Seeing Pink series explores the multitude of associations attached to the color pink. For instance, in one of her images a visiting team’s football locker room is bathed in soft pink tones in hopes to sedate or perhaps crush the spirits of the opponent.

For Harold Ross and Jim Nickelson, the landscape is poetic, mythical and ever-changing. Ross’ long exposure of an isolated clothes line, glowing under a focused vignette of light, conveys both the stillness of night and a feeling of absence. Nickelson’s interest in the complexity of the natural world is reflected in his mysterious and ethereal image of a mountain lake’s subtle reflections and atmospheric conditions that almost border on abstraction.

For several photographers, portraits serve as a portal to a greater understanding of self. Rania Matar’s images are of teenage girls taken within the privacy of their bedrooms. These spaces are often adorned with objects of affection, personal photographs and ephemera that straddle childhood and adulthood and allude to the tumultuousness of adolescence. With intensity and directness, Lydia A. Harris’ portraits look past external personas with the intent to reveal the complex and deep inner nature of her subjects.

Photo National 2011 was juried by Brian Paul Clamp, Director of ClampArt Gallery, NYC and George Kinghorn, Director & Curator, UMaine Museum of Art. FMI call (207) 561-3350 or email

The UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor will also host NEW DAWN FADES: Photographs by Thomas Hager June 24 through September 24.

In New Dawn Fades, Thomas Hager pays homage to, and expands upon, early photographic processes developed and practiced in the 1840s by Sir John Herschel and Anna Atkins. By re-examining these historical processes the photographer forges a distinct path, employing new techniques and technology to achieve his large-scale images. Noted photographer Duane Michals, with whom Hager studied, states that the artist “is attempting something with photography that is almost impossible—to make visible essential metaphysical questions about the self and its chaos of contradictions.” FMI call (207) 561-3350, email or visit UMMA online.

Listen to the Cafe des Artistes interview with George Kinghorn, Director & Curator, UMaine Museum of Art

Openings + Shows

Stephanie Bartron-Miscione, “Lobster, Squash, Gourd & Winter Berries”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a gallery talk and book signing for Stephanie Bartron-Miscione on Wednesday, June 22 at 6 pm. Bartron-Miscione will talk about her work, which is highlighted in a solo exhibition at the gallery through July 10. Bartron-Miscione will sign her limited edition book, which covers paintings and drawings produced during twenty years of living and working in Maine.

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. The event is free and open to the public. FMI, call 207-667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

Portland Museum of Art will John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury on June 23. Featuring more than 50 works, John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury will concentrate on the late period of John Marin’s career and will explore the interrelationship between his watercolors, sketchbooks, and oil paintings during 1933-1953. FMI call 207-775-6148 or visit PMA online.

Above: John Marin, “Island (Ship’s Stern)”


River Arts in Damariscotta is currently showing an Abstract exhibition, June 17 from 5 to 7 pm. The show contains 72 works by 42 artists.

The juror for this show is Laurie E. Hicks, curator of the Lord Hall Galleries and Professor of Art at the University of Maine, Orono. A curator of numerous exhibitions and senior editor of the journal Studies in Art Education, Dr. Hicks has been an exhibiting artist, organizer of several arts conferences and symposia, a recipient of many grants and awards, and an accomplished author in the arts. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and has delivered presentations on the arts at scholarly events throughout the U.S. and also abroad. She has been active in the National Association of Art Educators, The Maine Arts Education Association and Maine Arts Commission. FMI, visit River Arts online or call 207.563.1507.

Nancy Baker, “Blues”

Mars Hall Gallery
in Tenants Harbor will host Realism: Art of the Eye, from Friday June 24 through Sunday July 24, with a reception Friday June 24, 5-8 pm. The opening will also include Nancy Baker – Black and Blue, Brian Kliewer – On An Island In Maine, and in the new wing of the gallery, Russell Smith – Windswept Dock and ABSTRACTION – ART of the MIND, which will run through July 17 with a reception also on June 24 from 5 to 8 pm. FMI, email or call 207.372.8194.

A Downtown Bangor Artwalk will occur Friday June 24th 5-9 pm. From the top of Park Street to the bustling hub at Union and Main, experience the richness of Downtown Bangor! Dance, painting, sculpture, music, photography, fabric and fiber arts are all waiting for you to explore. Grab your friends, enjoy dinner downtown, then head out to discover the city’s art treasures.

“Woman Reading”, by Carl Sublett

Mars Hall Gallery in Martinsville opens its 2011 Season on Friday, June 24th, with two exhibitions that showcase opposing styles of art: Realism and Abstraction. The reception for both shows will run from 5 to 8 pm.

The main gallery will feature the show Realism or “Art of the Eye.” For centuries artists developed the technical skills in the realistic tradition of painting what they see. Always popular with the public, realism has withstood the test of time. The featured artists in this show are Nancy Baker, Ronald Frontin, Alison Hill, Brian Kliewer, Nat Lewis and Elaine Reed. This show will end on Sunday, July 24.

The paintings for the show, Abstraction or “Art of the Mind,” will hang in the new wing. Abstract artists rely on representing their thoughts and feelings. The featured artists in this show are Bill Cook, Charles DuBack, Robert Hamilton, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Edward Mackenzie, Ken Martin, Otty Merrill, Marylin Quint-Rose, Russell Smith, Carl Sublett and William Thon. This show will end on Sunday, July 17. FMI on the artists or the shows, call 207-372-9996 or Mars Hall online.

Gayle Fitzpatrick, “Autumn”

‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on June 29. Pieces exhibited in this show were selected by juror Margaret Burgess, Associate Curator of Modern and European Art, Portland Museum of Art, from work entered by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions,’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Painters George Burk and Gayle Fitzpatrick have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

Additionally, there will be a gala reception Saturday, July 9, 5 to 8 pm to see the new shows, meet the artists and buy a new artist-made bid card for admission to the OAA Art Auction on August 6. FMI call 207-646-8400 or visit Barn Gallery online.

Thomas Connolly, “Hotel New Yorker”

Greenhut Galleries
in Portland’s Old Port will be displaying the work of Thomas Connolly in Scenes I’ve Seen, June 30 through July 30, with an artist’s reception Thursday, July 7, 5 to 7 pm.

From lush summertime landscapes to stark winter architectural works, the paintings evoke the seasons and places of our lives. Thomas Connolly recently exhibited in the 2011 Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial Exhibition, and the 2010 Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Exhibition. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Sheldon Bergh Award. His work is in many private and corporate collections. FMI, call (207) 772-2693 or visit Greenhut Galleries online.

Haynes Gallery will exhibit American Realism: Works on Paper, 1862-2011” from July 1 to Aug. 4, with a reception from 5 to 8 pm Friday, July 1.

Works on paper are a beautiful conundrum. Yes, a photograph, drawing or watercolor can be as enduring as the finest oil, as detailed as the most complex egg tempera. But there’s a sense of spontaneity inherent to the medium that gives works on paper a certain spirit all their own. Haynes Galleries of Thomaston, Maine, celebrates that spirit in “American Realism: Works on Paper, 1862-2011” a diverse, sweeping survey that includes old and new masters. The exhibit is on view from July 1 to Aug. 4, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1. Exhibition Features Almost A Century And A Half of Works on Paper by American Masters Homer, Sargent, Wyeth, Rockwell; Contemporary Realists Young, Brega, Karsh and More.

There is something personal and immediate that is unique to paper. It’s as if the viewer is able to watch the artist’s creative process unfold. In some cases, notes, scribbles, eraser smudges, even a stray fingerprint serve as evidence of the artist’s hand and mind at work. In others, a finished watercolor or photograph captures a light, a translucency that another medium simply cannot.

A selection of Winslow Homer’s letters, wood engravings and original drawings — the earliest of which dates to 1862 — serves as the exhibit’s cornerstone.

From there, it builds — and surprises. With the sensuality of a nude by John Singer Sargent. The drama of Yousuf Karsh’s black and white portraits, which evoke Vermeer in their lighting and composition. The exuberance of Jamie Wyeth’s sketch of Arnold Schwarzenegger on a piece of corrugated cardboard. The shimmer of John Guider’s platinum palladium print Statue of Liberty. FMI, contact Haynes Gallery by emailing or call 615-312-7000.

Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre Present First Friday Films: Bill Cunningham New York on July 1. The film will be shown at The Strand Theatre in Rockland at 8 pm. and will be followed by a brief discussion led by Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell.

For more information call the Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit the museum’s website at

David Little, “Summer Sail”Link
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an artist’s talk for artist David Little on June 29 at 6 pm entitled Exploring the Maine Landscape. 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. FMI call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

Susan Metzger, “Field”
Below: Simon van der Ven, Illuminated Vase

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to have the graceful, sculptural work of ceramic artist Simon van der Ven of Lincolnville and the ethereal landscapes of painter Susan Metzger of Washington, Maine on exhibit for the month of July. The show runs from June 28 to July 31, 2011 and includes an opening reception Friday July 1, 5-8 pm.

Metzger‘s richly layered paintings evoke mystery and a sense of refuge even while implying epic scale. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and currently shows her work in galleries on both coasts of the US.

Simon van der Ven has worked on boats, done a stint as a carpenter, and taught for 17 years at Camden Hills Regional High School. During that time he studied in Aix-en-Provence and later enrolled at MECA and received his MFA. He now works full time in his studio making objects for warmth, light, and nourishment out of porcelain, stoneware and other materials.

Along with these accomplished guest artists, the work of Aarhusians; Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on view.

FMI and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit Aarhus Gallery online or call 338-0001.

allen david GALLERY will host an artists’ reception for Celene Farris, Robert Grant, Brenda Haley, Nancy Lee Lovley, and Claire Vigneau Friday July 1, 6 to 8 pm.

The reception features live jazz by Fran Vigneau. The exhibit will be on display June 29 through July 6.

Jaine Jacobs, untitled

The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield is pleased to announce the opening of its summer season with an exhibition of work by Jaine Jacobs of Rangeley, Maine, and a group show with works of its gallery artists. The exhibitions will be on view from June 25 to July 15, with a reception on Saturday, July 2, from 2-4 pm.

“Jaine in Maine” Jacobs calls her show referring to her recent move from the suburbs of New York City to her property in Rangeley. Being greatly inspired by the world around her, this relocation filled her with renewed energy and inspiration. With a background in ceramics exclusively, Jacobs shifted her use of clay from the three dimensional form of her vessels to a two dimensional substrate which she subsequently proceeded to use instead of canvas. Works in mixed media followed suit. FMI, visit Stadler Gallery online at or call (207) 265-5025.

Jason Larkin, “Museum 11”

The 2011 Arnold Newman Prize Winner Exhibition will be opening at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine on July 2. The exhibition is entitled Jason Larkin: Past Perfect. The exhibition will run through November 27, 2011. The primary media sponsor for the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

Judged as a separate category in the Photo District News Photo Annual competition, the Arnold Newman Prize recognizes an individual for his or her innovative approach to photographic portraiture, and awards the individual $15,000 and an exhibition of the work at the Farnsworth.

The exhibition will focus on Larkin’s winning image series, titled Past Perfect, which examines how the museums of Egypt use different styles of curating to present exhibits depicting the past to contemporary audiences. “The museum,” he states, “an institution to preserve and interpret the material evidence of the human race, has a long history, springing from an innate human desire to collect and interpret the world around us. By deciding how the past is presented and memorialized, museums not only preserve the past, they also play an important role in the construction of our ideologies, identities and the understanding and interpretation of our selves.” FMI, visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

Call for Artists and Sponsors to Support ‘A Glittering Occasion’– NAMI Maine’s State Wide Capricious Collectibles Art Auction

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine is preparing for ‘A Glittering Occasion’ its first state wide annual Fantastical Art, Jewelry and Collectibles Auction to be held in Augusta, Maine at the Senator Inn on September 26th from 5 to 9 pm. The event will raise awareness and funds to support NAMI Maine’s mission of improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and substance abuse. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and a wide array of art, collectibles and jewelry donated by some of Maine’s most prestigious artists will be bid at auction. The event will recognize Julie Ann O’Brien, former legislator, Board Chair for NAMI Maine, community developer, founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta

Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. Many nationally recognized artists and crafts people will be represented. NAMI Maine is seeking artists, jewelers and crafts people to donate their work and notable chefs to donate delectable desserts or hors d’oeuvres. To support a cause that saves and transforms the lives of young people and others throughout our state please contact Larraine at NAMI Maine at or (800) 464-5767. Visit us on the web .

Ongoing Exhibitions

The Turtle Gallery is showing The 29th Annual Print Show of works by gallery printmakers; a show of Hooked and Woven Rugs by Maryann McKellar Schwarcz, and Marion Lafollette; a presentation of new works by Deer Isle wood turner, Chris Joyce; and “Island Ponds.”

Galerie Dufour in downtown Belfast is currently showing Back to Basics until July 14. FMI, call 338-6448 or email or visit Charles Laurier Dufour’s website.

Kennebec Vallery Art Association presents a showing of “How to Draw a Bunny,” Thursday June 23 from 7 to 8 pm at Harlow Gallery. FMI, call 207-622-3813 or visit Harlow Gallery online.

Portland Museum of Art will present Beautiful Darling as part of the Movies at the Museum programming. Showings are on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 pm, Saturday June 25 at 2 pm, and Sunday June 26 at 2 pm. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Arts’ movie listings online.

Grandparents’ and Kids’ Day at the Portland Museum of Art takes place on Wednesday, June 29. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

The Portland Museum of Art presents Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940, on exhibit now through September 11.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 through July 10. Visit Maine Art Gallery online for details or call 207-882-7511.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will highlight Stephanie Bartron-Miscione and David Little in solo shows as well as exhibiting Printmaker’s Art through July 12. FMI please call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery 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.

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.

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.

LinkFormer 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. Contact Greenhut Galleries at or (207) 772-2693, or visit Greenhut Galleries oLinknline.

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.