Openings + Shows: More Fresh Offerings in July

Last week we introduced you to some of the art openings in late June and early July, and this week we’ll continue with even more First Friday July openings and early July receptions. If you didn’t get a chance to take in Bangor’s Friday artwalk on June 24, we have the scoop on that too!

Café des Artistes

Artwalks in Bangor are well organized and well attended and the 6/24 Artwalk was no exception. Anchored by the opening of two new shows at UM Museum of Art, the art walk winds down Center Street and through the downtown area.

Here are some scenes. Jo Anne Houlsen (above) hosted visitors of all ages at her Central Street Studio.

Annette and Chris Dodd

“Rock and Art,” originally on the Bar Harbor Road near Ellsworth, has opened a large and very lovely new gallery space on Center Street. Owners Annette and Chris Dodd (above) greet artwalkers and gallery artist Kat Johnson poses with a fantastic polyptych that is a compelling work of layers in progress.

Kat Johnson with large-scale artwork in Rock and Art Shop

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

Susan Metzger + Simon van der Ven opening at Åarhus Gallery

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.

Susan 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 Linkwarmth, light, and nourishment out of porcelain, stoneware and other materials.

Along with these accomplished guest artists, the work of Åarhusians; 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 Åarhus Gallery online or call 338-0001.

Listen to the 6/25 Café des Artistes interview with Åaurhus Gallery artist Abbie Reed

This week, the Belfast Friday Art Walk (every Friday evening all summer) will feature street performances by local musical band Big Blue, expressive dance performances by Shana Bloomstein and Helena Malone, and the antics of the Belfast Maskers. Be sure to stop in and visit the Dufour Gallerie, Bett’s Gallery, High Street Studio & Gallery and the new Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

Openings + Shows

Suzette Jones, “Parula Warbler”

New Era Gallery of Vinalhaven is currently showing its Early Summer 2011 show, featuring hand felted work by Alison Angel, sculpture and prints by Janet Gohres, prints and printed linen by Lynn Krauss, and paintings by Suzette Jones, through July 13.

Fiber artist Alison Angel’s love of the decorative arts informs her felted wool jewelry and vessel designs. Janet Gohres brings her deep appreciation of the natural world to her botanical etchings and stoneware sculpture. Lynn Krauss’ woodblock prints and printed linen reflect her love of color, pattern and graphic design. Suzette Jones’ lifelong interest in birds is reflected in her paintings of native birds in island landscapes.

As part of our ongoing celebration of their tenth year, New Era will also host an installation of painted screens by Jackson Gregory in the Windy Way Barn adjacent to the main gallery. Gregory’s standing screens are painted in complex abstract patterns and subtle color relationships. FMI, call 207-863-9351or visit New Era Gallery online.

Joan Siem, “Leaf”

River Arts’ Gallery II in Damariscotta is currently showing Joan Siem in a Solo Exhibition until June 29. Siem will be exhibiting paintings, small environments, mixed media, and wearable art. Gallery II is a second gallery for River Arts in Damariscotta, which provides space on Route 1 for artists to conduct solo or group shows over a period of 1 – 3 weeks. Nearly 50 artists will be showing their work from June through October 2011.
FMI visit River Arts blog, or call 207-563-1507.

Grandparents’ and Kids’ Day at the Portland Museum of Art takes place on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Summer days with your grandchild are very special. Spend one at the Museum seeing the art through each others’ eyes! You’ll create a fond memory of looking, learning, and making art together. $30 per adult, $15 per child/$20 per adult, $10 per child members. FMI, call 207-775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Nancy Nelson, turtle platter
Below: Pam Cabanas, “Memories of Martha”

River Arts Gallery II in Damariscotta will exhibit Skimming the Surface from June 30 through July 19 with an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 5 to 8 pm. Skimming the Surface features three Midcoast artists: Ralph Bush, Pam Cabanas and Nancy Nelson. The three artists will be showing work in ceramics, weaving, oils, pastels, watercolor, and ink wash.

Ralph Bush of Waldoboro Maine, known for his painterly style in both oil and watercolor, is a long-time member of the prestigious Copley Society and is a Gold Medal winning member of the New England Watercolor Society. His Monhegan paintings are among the best of the genre.

Pam Cabanas, of Friendship Maine, has developed a strong local following of admirers and collectors of her work. Her black and white odes to the shores of the Maine coast are painted with strength and delicacy. Pam’s work in pastel again combine soul and place to bring the viewer a soft and loving look at the forces at work that shape her experience on the Maine coast.

Nancy Nelson, also of Friendship, brings her ceramics and weaving to Skimming the Surface. In her Friendship studio, Nancy has produced a series of dreamy hand built stoneware platters incised with images of sea life that combine function with whimsy and delight. FMI visit River Arts blog, or call 207-563-1507.

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. 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. FMI, call (207) 772-2693 or visit Greenhut Galleries online.

Carol Sloane, “Water”

Betts Gallery in Belfast (located in The Belfast Framer) will open the exhibit the work of Carol Sloane in Tidal Rocks/Canyon Walls Friday July 1, 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Tidal Rocks/Canyon Walls is a series of oil pigment stick drawings on paper. The Canyon Walls series are from a residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico during the fall of 2010. There Sloane discovered the same tricks of light and shadow on the towering walls of canyons as she had found along the coast of Maine. It is these shared similarities that spurred the duality of this exhibit. Sloane has exhibited her work throughout Maine during the last fifteen years. FMI, call 207- 338-6465 or visit The Belfast Framer online.


Joy to the Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit Lynne Seitzer in Picket Fence. Lighthouse from July 1 through July 31, with a reception on Friday July 1 from 7 to 9 pm. Seitzer is a Maine coast artist residing in the village of Boothbay Harbor. Seitzer has worked primarily in oils since 2005 but still occasionally works in watercolor and soft pastel. She worked as a fashion illustrator and a greeting card designer from 1980-1999. Both former careers called for the ability to use different mediums to create her art. Today her art can be defined as widely diverse in both subject and technique and she is comfortable in most genres.

Lynne Seitzer and her husband John, who is also an artist, own Joy To The Wind Gallery. They are located on the East side of the historic village footbridge which quickly links foot traffic across the inner harbor. FMI, call 207- 633-7025 or visit Joy to the Wind gallery online.

Dorothy Simpson Krause, “Alley”
Below right: Dorothy Simpson Krause, “Observatory”

Landing Gallery, Rockland, is pleased to announce the exhibit PORTALS, a solo show of new mixed media work by Dorothy Simpson Krause from July 1 through July 31 with an opening reception on Friday, July 1 from 5 -8 pm. Krause will talk about her creative process, explain techniques and will sign copies of the trade edition of her new book Visions which incorporates work from this exhibit and includes Coleridge’s poem.

In this new body of work, Krause was inspired by Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, a Fragment”. Her poetic mixed media work depicts a savage place where the river submerges into holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and architectural passageways. These portals, lit from within, reflect the branches and illuminate the floating leaves and flowers. Krause balances and orchestrates her large palette of photographic images, paint, drawing, collage and encaustic elements to create a layered yet seamless final image within each artwork. She transfers monoprints onto uniquely prepared surfaces such as fresco, brushed aluminum, non-woven fabric and silver leaf.

Other works in the exhibit resemble Polaroid emulsion transfers and there are photographic acetate prints applied over heavily distressed and oxidized copper sheets. Her ability to incorporate such a wide range of media is what makes her work so unique and interesting. Each work becomes an artistic journey which leads the viewer deeper into the artwork, appreciating Krause’s technical abilities and great talent. FMI, call 207 594-4544 or visit Landing Art Gallery online.

Stephen Scott Young, “Dressed for School”

Haynes Gallery will exhibit American Realism: Works on Paper, 1862-2011 from July 1 to August 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. “With some artists, there’s a looseness, a freedom, but with others, the works are finished and very detailed,” says gallery owner Gary Haynes. “You can get the best of both worlds.” FMI, contact Haynes Gallery by emailing or call 615-312-7000.

David Little, “View from the Bluffs”

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. FMI call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

Downtown Belfast is the place to be on Friday evening, July 1, as the first of ten consecutive Friday Art Walks gets underway. Over a dozen art studios and galleries keep their doors open every Friday night in July and August. Each week, a few of the galleries host opening receptions and exhibit recent works. On July 1, Carol Sloane presents Tidal Rocks / Canyon Walls at Betts Gallery, a collection comprised of oil pigment sticks on paper. Diane Horton exhibits new work at Beyond the Sea, a series aptly titled Capturing Maine in Watercolor.

Belfast’s weekly Friday Art Walk is from 5 to 8 pm. For information on the art walks, go to

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 and David Burgess on guitar. The exhibit will be on display June 29 through July 6. FMI, visit allen david GALLERY online or email

Jaine Jacobs, untitled
The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield will hold a reception for an exhibition of work by Jaine Jacobs entitled Jaine in Maine and a group show with works of its gallery artists on Saturday, July 2 from 2 to 4 pm. The exhibitions will be on view from through July 15. FMI, visit Stadler Gallery online or call (207) 265-5025.

Peggy Johnson

CRAFT gallery opens its July show on First Friday, July 1, with Bird Watching. Birds, feathers, nests and eggs are in a new collection of fine craft, inspiring artists to incorporate the subject in various craft mediums. “Bird Watching” will show through August 4.

A powerful diptych of a flock of crows by Lissa Hunter illustrates the strength and beauty of birds in flight. Her touching assemblage “Before Birds”, using her signature basketry and paint, speaks to the vulnerability and sweetness of nature with nested eggs in bare tree branches. Riv Pyne creates composite sculptures of birds, real and imagined, with attitude and grace, dramatic wing spreads and tails. Owls endowed with an almost human quality are sculpted in clay by Gail Savitz. Hand painted silk scarves by Susan Atwater and silver jewelry by Peggy Johnson complete the collection that will appeal to bird lovers and watchers and craft collectors. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit CRAFT Gallery online.

Jason Larkin, “Museum 11”

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will open its 2011 Arnold Newman Prize Winner Exhibition with the work of Jason Larkin. The exhibition, titled Past Perfect, will be on display through November 2011.

The exhibition will focus on Larkin’s winning image series which examines how the museums of Egypt use different styles of curating to present exhibits depicting the past to contemporary audiences. 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. FMI, visit Farnsworth Art Museum online.

William Kentridge: Anything is Possible is the first film in the free “Art Videos at the Gallery” 2011 series sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts and Ogunquit Arts Collaborative at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. It will be presented on Wednesday July 6 at 7:30 pm.

William Kentridge: Anything is Possible provides a rare look into the life and work of the internationally-acclaimed South African artist, William Kentridge. Kentridge was born April 28, 1955 in Johannesburg and is known for his work in a variety of media: prints, drawings, and sculpture, drawing, animation, tapestry, film, theatre, opera, and most recently as set and costume designer for the Metropolitan Opera’s New York production of “The Nose” by Shostakovich. He takes on a broad range of subjects from cataclysmic historical events to personal moments.

The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series continues each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm through September 7 at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. Admission is free. FMI call 207-646-8400 or visit Barn Gallery online.

Adam Weinberg
Below: Whitney Museum of American Art

Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Farnsworth Forum, an annual event that features one of America’s leading public intellectuals discussing the state of the art world, on Thursday, July 7 at 6 pm at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. This year the Farnsworth Forum will host Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Adam Weinberg.

With a long and distinguished career in curatorial and art museum administrative work, Weinberg now guides one of America’s most important and influential museums of American art. In an interview with the Farnsworth’s Director of Education Roger Dell, Weinberg will discuss the history of the Whitney, its famous Biennial, the role of contemporary art in today’s American museums, and the current state of art museums throughout the world.

This spring the Whitney broke ground for its new building designed by architect Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District in New York City. Weinberg will discuss the ins and outs of planning and building a major museum in this current economic and artistic climate. A question-and-answer period will follow the interview.

Adam D. Weinberg has been the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art since October 2003. Previously, he was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Philips Academy, Andover, from 1999 to 2003. Fee for this forum is $18/members, $23/nonmembers, with free admission for full time students and teachers. FMI and tickets, please contact the Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit Farnsworth Art Museum online.

Clockwise from top left: Charles Movalli, “Up for Repair”; Ken Knowles, “Castine, Spring”; Ron DeFelice, “July Colors”; and Scott Moore, “Black Point, Cutler.”

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick will exhibit Selections From Gallery Artists, July 8 through August 6, with an opening reception during Brunswick’s Second Friday Art Walk, July 8 from 5 to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. July is a busy month for Bayview Gallery’s artists. The lure of Maine’s eminently paint-able coastline keeps them busy from dawn to dusk. FMI, call 207-729-5500 or email

Josie Iselin

Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland will host Rock, Paper, Scanner, an exhibition of work by Josie Iselin, through August 19 with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5 to 8 pm.

Visitors to the gallery will discover the treasures Josie has collected over her many years of meandering beaches. As she says in Beach: “The beach affords us a place to breathe more slowly; there is an immense calm that rests solidly in my heart when I am there. Stresses fade to the background. As I wander along and pick up a stone, its weight and texture—its stone-ness— is a communicator of this calm; it is a talisman for this place of serenity. And thus I start hunting for treasure.”

Using a flatbed scanner and computer exclusively for generating her imagery, Iselin builds each book within the computer, and is, after 15 years of using this technique, still captivated by the fluidity with which it allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. She also serves as the author and designer of all of her books – as such, she is the ultimate craftperson.

Iselin’s books, including Beach Stones, Leaves and Pods, Heart Stones, Seashells and Beach: A Book of Treasure, have resonated with anyone who has ever marveled at the wonders found literally at our feet. Her work is also featured as the folio in the 2011 edition of Island Journal, the Island Institute’s annual magazine.

FMI, visit Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery online or call 207-596-0701. Or, click here to view an online gallery of images from Rock, Paper, Scanner.


Gayle Fitzpatrick, “Autumn”

Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will open their 15th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition on July 9. ‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery, and there will be a gala reception held for the exhibition on Saturday, July 9 from 5 -8 pm. 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.

Artist Stephanie Bartron-Miscione answers questions at her Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, June 22, at Courthouse Gallery. Bartron-Miscione’s still life paintings of Maine objects are the focus of a solo exhibition through July 10

Courthouse Gallery announces “Wednesday Night Art” and the Gallery’s 2011 Summer Schedule

From mid-June through mid-September Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth will be open every Wednesday evening until 7:30 pm for Wednesday Night Art. Events include Artist’s Receptions for exhibitions (5-7 pm) and a series of Artist’s Talks (6 pm). All events are free and open to the public.

Karin Wilkes, the gallery’s director, created “Wednesday Night Art” to offer the public an opportunity to meet their artists in an intimate environment while a major body of the artist’s artwork is on view, and to offer an interactive format where collectors can learn more about the artist’s inspirations and process.

“Every year since we opened, we’ve added more artist’s talks due to their popularity. This year we decided to expand our offerings and to make it formal with a weekly theme. Wednesday Night Art will make it easier for people to remember when our events take place even if they are not on our invitation list. If you’re looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, all you need to do is to show up at 6pm, and you will have an enriching and engaging experience,” says Karin Wilkes.

Artist’s Talks for “Wednesday Night Art” include: David Little, June 29; Printmaker’s Art, July 6; Judy Belasco, July 20; Philip Frey, July 27; sculptors Vivian Beer, Kazumi Hoshino, and Mark Kindschi, August 3; Jesse Salisbury, August 17; Colin Page, August 24; Tom Curry, August 31; George Wardlaw, September 14; and Harold Garde September 21.

FMI, visit Courthouse Gallery online, or call (207) 667-6611.

Ongoing Exhibitions

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.

The UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor will host NEW DAWN FADES: Photographs by Thomas Hager through September 24. FMI call (207) 561-3350, email or visit UMMA online.

UMMA’s Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography is currently on show. FMI call (207) 561-3350, email or visit UMMA online.

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 an 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.

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. 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.

River Arts in Damariscotta is currently showing an abstract exhibition, featuring 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. FMI visit River Arts online or call 207-563-1507.

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor will host Realism: Art of the Eye through Sunday July 24. FMI, email or call 207.372.8194.

Mars Hall Gallery in Martinsville opens its 2011 season with two exhibitions that showcase opposing styles of art– Realism and Abstraction— through July 17. FMI on the artists or the shows, call 207-372-9996 or Mars Hall online.