Openings + Shows

Josie Iselin, “Three Holey Stones”

Archipelago to Host Josie Iselin’s Images of Beach Talismans in Rock, Paper, Scanner

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 Iselin 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.

Listen to the 7/2 Cafe des Artistes interview with Lisa Mossel Vietze, gallery director of Archipelago

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.

Belfast Artwalk 7/1 Kicks Off Summer Season

Belfast is now the host to a weekly Friday Artwalk for the next 9 weeks. Street music and expansive entertainment (opera singers, belly dancers, historical costumes) add to the fun.

Here are some scenes from July 1, clockwise from top left: Art on the sidewalks; Todd Watts and Gema Gascone with featured Aaarhus artist Simon van der Ven (center); Aarhus guests + Sim’s ceramics; engaging street music ; Anna Witholt Abaldo, gallery coordinator for Maine Farmland Trust; always a crowd at Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer. Anthony Anderson, photos.

Greenhut Galleries in Portland is currently exhibiting the work of THE NEW YORKER magazine cover artist Charles E. Martin through July 30. There will be an opening reception Thursday July from 5 to 7 pm.

The gallery will be displaying original paintings by the artist as well as original NEW YORKER covers. Self-taught, Martin worked confidently in a wide variety of styles. His most characteristic work was composed with a classical sense of balance, executed in a decorative manner using a muted and sometimes ethereal palette. His covers and cartoons were notable for their gentle humor though occasionally his strong social conscience revealed itself.

Besides appearing on roughly 200 New Yorker covers between 1938 and 1985, Martin produced over 600 cartoons for the magazine. His work was also published in Time, Life, Harper’s, This Week, The Saturday Evening Post, the Saturday Review, Punch and Esquire magazines. Martin summered on Monhegan Island from 1954 through 1995 where he had a studio. He moved to Maine from New York City in 1987 and lived in Portland until his death in June of 1995. FMI, visit Greenhut Galleries online.

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland is currently showing America Martin in an exclusive Northeast Solo Exhibition through July 27. FMI, call (207) 594-7745 or email For more details on the show and images, please visit Carver Hill Gallery online.

Susan Tobey White, “Summer Berries”

High Street Studio in Belfast is currently showing new work by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr. FMI, visit High Street Gallery online or call 207-338-8990

Landing Gallery,
Rockland, is pleased to announce the exhibit PORTALS, a solo show of new mixed media work by Dorothy Simpson Krause through July 31. Dorothy Simpson Krause is a painter, collage artist and pioneering printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her large scale pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms.

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. FMI, call 207 594-4544 or visit Landing Art Gallery online.

Portland Museum of Art offers Family Days in July, beginning with Wednesday, July 6 from 10 am to 5 pm. Discover the Museum with your family and enjoy activities for the entire family; from stroller kits, and interactive gallery games to Family Voices cell phone tours. Look and learn as you invite the great art masters, such as Winslow Homer and Picasso and into your family. More Family Days are scheduled for Sat, July 9, Mon, July 11, Tues, July 12, Fri, July 15 (until 8 pm), Sun, July 17, and Thu, July 28. FMI, visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Don’t miss Maine’s hidden gem: The Norway Arts Festival! The 44th Annual Norway Arts Festival takes place July 7 through July 9. The event kicks off July 7 with a night of entertainment focused on the renowned life of Tony Montanaro. Tony Montanaro (1927-2002), internationally acclaimed mime artist, director, and teacher, is the Festival’s focus figure this year. Montanaro founded the Celebration Barn Theater in 1972, making South Paris the location for performers around the world to refine their skills.

Tony’s wife Karen Montanaro will hold a special performance Thursday July 7th in honor of Tony and his effect on her work. Friday night features a street dance. Festivities kick into high gear Saturday July 9 with the annual sidewalk art show from 9 am to 4 pm and a full day of live performances.

This year Norway Arts Festival is offering Purchase Awards to be applied to commissioned artworks. Many of the Festival’s artists are accepting Purchase Awards towards a wide variety of goods. This vote of confidence helps attract more talent to the area and in turn it gives the Purchase Award holder more options for great artwork. FMI on the Festival or to become a Purchase Award sponsor, contact Western Maine Art Group by email at, visit Norway Arts Festival’s website or call (207) 743-7813.

Portland Museum of Art will present a talk on Winslow Homer and Prouts Neck by Kenyon C. (Tim) Bolton III, Friday July 8 from 6 to 7 pm in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. Known for his iconic American paintings, Winslow Homer and his family played a major role in the development of what is now Prouts Neck, a thriving summer community. Dr. Kenyon C. (Tim) Bolton III will discuss the extent to which the qualities of this peninsula, identifiable by its remarkable landscape and real estate developments, found their way into Homer’s art and family life.

Dr. Bolton is the principal of the architecture and design firm Kenyon C. Bolton III Associates Inc., and holds a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. He has lectured widely on Winslow Homer at Prouts Neck including to audiences at the Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL), the Gibbes Museum (Charleston, SC), the Art Institute of Chicago. Members free, non-members $15. FMI visit Portland Museum of Art online.

The weekly Belfast Art Walk continues this Friday evening, July 8, as over a dozen art studios and galleries welcome art appreciators of all genres from 5:30 to to 8:00 pm. Most of the downtown galleries are located within a couple of city blocks and offer refreshments. This week, you’ll find receptions hosted by Art Alliance Gallery (AAG), and the Parent Gallery, celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

As always, there’ll be performance art on the streets. Lincoln Blake’s saxophone will fill the air with jazz and Mary Beth Hewitt will be performing Hawaiian dance routines for gallery hoppers. A second musical act is TBA. For information on the art walks, go to

Bjorn Runquist, “Study for Fowards Southern Island”

Landscape painter Björn Runquist will host a two-day workshop at River Arts in Damariscotta on July 9 and 10, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm. The workshop will be an introduction to the basics of plein-air painting focusing on the dynamics of building a painting and the techniques of alla prima painting as well as employing the same techniques to paint from digital photos if weather keeps us inside. Particular emphasis will be on evoking light and its use as a compositional element.

The workshop is open to all levels. The first morning will begin with a demonstration painting and then each painter will set up and paint. The second day will be a full day of painting.

Björn Runquist is a painter whose career ranges from abstract to still lives to landscape; from oils to graphic and back to oils. He has exhibited widely in galleries on the East Coast, including the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. River Arts will be offering many more classes during the month of July which range from writing and illustrating children’s books to drawing, ceramics, stone carving, watercolor, landscape painting, and beginning oils, as well as interesting and fun children’s classes. FMI, visit River Arts online or call 207-563-1507.

Diane Wiencke, “Cut Tack”

The Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill will exhibit its second show of the season featuring Michelle Connolly, William Irvine, Libby Mitchell, Lynn Wessel and Diane Wiencke, on show July 10. Leighton Gallery is proud to present the five artists Judith Leighton chose for this exhibition before she passed away. An Opening Reception will be held Sunday, July 10, from 5:30-7:30. FMI call (207) 374-5001
or visit Leighton Gallery online.

Steve Mumford, “Waiting to Move Forward, Marja, Afghanistan”

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will host a gallery talk with artist Steve Mumford and Portland Museum of Art chief curator Thomas Denenberg on July 10 at 3 pm. They will discuss the legacy of Winslow Homer, contemporary American realism, and Mumford’s own art, which is currently on display at CMCA in an exhibition titled Embedded: Recent Drawings from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Artist Winslow Homer chronicled his firsthand experiences at the front during the Civil War. Art such as Homer’s allowed the nation to see what life was like for soldiers on the front line in the 19th century. Steve Mumford revives this great tradition as an artist who has recorded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mumford first entered Iraq on April 9, 2003, the day the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad. He has been back to the region several times, producing drawings and watercolors on site that document the daily lives of local citizens and US soldiers. Admission is free for CMCA members and $5 for non-members. FMI, call (207) 236-2875, x304 or visit CMCA online.

Philip Frey, “Island Dream, Light Comes Through”
Below: Vivian Beer, Bridge Bench

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will highlight new work by painters Judy Belasco and Philip Frey, and furniture designer and sculptor Vivian Beer in solo exhibitions July 13 through August 7. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Wednesday July 13 from 5 to 7 pm.

Each artist will talk about his or her work as part of the gallery’s Wednesday Night Art summer lecture series. Judy Belasco will speak July 20; Philip Frey, July 27; and Vivian Beer will join sculptors Kazumi Hoshino and Mark Kindschi, who also have work on view at the gallery, for an artist’s talk on August 3. The artist’s talks take place Wednesday evenings at 6pm. The events are free and open to the public.

Judy Belasco paints subtle, yet majestic coastal scenes that capture the subtle atmospheric shifts on mud flats and coastal inlets.

Philip Frey is known for his vibrant paintings of the Maine landscape. Bolder and broader brushstrokes give Frey’s paintings of the islands off Hancock and Schoodic Points, and Grindstone Neck a modernist, abstract edge.

American Craft calls Vivian Beer “fearless” (July 2011 issue). This young American furniture designer merges organic metal forms with an urban aesthetic to create ruffle chairs, chaise lounges, and massive bird-like sculptures. Courthouse Gallery will be the first venue to exhibit Bridge Bench, Beer’s brand new innovative series of concrete benches, which transform concrete and steel into voluptuous functional sculpture. FMI, visit Courthouse Gallery online or call (207) 667–6611.

Courthouse Gallery will hold a retrospective exhibition (July 13–August 7) for Stephen Pace (1918-2010), who passed away last fall. Pace was at the forefront of the abstract expressionist movement during the 1950s, and received critical acclaim for his abstracts. Pace turned to representational painting with colorful gestural brushstrokes and abstract expressionist overtones in the 1960’s, and his summer home on Deer Isle provided endless inspiration. There will be a brief remembrance for Pace and a viewing of the film Stephen Pace: Maine Master on July 13 at 7 pm. FMI call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

The Portland Museum of Art will host the Contemporaries Midsummer Party, July 14 from 6 to 8 pm in the High Street Garden. Explore the Museum’s summer exhibitions, hear about the Museum’s restoration of the Winslow Homer Studio, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the High Street Garden. Celebrate summer and experience the artists who came to Maine and painted En Plein Air. Explore the exhibitions John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury and Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940, learn about the Homer Studio restoration project from Director Mark Bessire, and enjoy a garden party in the High Street Garden. Admission is free for Contemporaries and $25 per person for non-members and guests, applicable toward a new Contemporaries membership. Please enter through the Museum’s Congress Square entrance. FMI, call (207) 775-6148, ext. 3243. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Western Maine Art Group in Norway, Maine will host a Fine Art Auction on July 15 from 5 to 8 pm. Offerings include recent works from WMAG’s current members as well as donations from years past. The auction items, on view at the Norway Operations Center on Main Street in Norway, may be bid upon at any time. The auction will benefit WMAG’s renovation project. FMI, contact Western Maine Art Group by email at, visit WMAG online or call (207) 743-7813.

Judy Taylor will deliver a presentation on the making of the Maine Labor Mural, an explanation of the panels and the process that was involved from conception to installation, at River Arts in Damariscotta on Saturday, July 16 at 6:30 pm. FMI visit River Arts online, or call 207-563-1507.

Richard Allen, “Red Series #14”
Below: Saskia Haugen-Reimholt, “The Dancing Trees in Winter”

The Stadler Gallerie in Kingfield continues its summer exhibitions with works by Richard Allen and Saskia Haugen-Reinholt. The exhibitions will be on view from July 16 to August 5. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, July 17, from 2-4 pm.

What lies at the core of an artist’s creative endeavor? Richard Allen’s show “Meditations and Mystery” is based on this fundamental question. He realizes that it is, indeed, a mysterious and powerful urge that drives the artist in a continuous search for his own meaning thus conceptually baring to the world his most intimate realities. Allen calls this process of discovering his own, ever evolving reality a journey. It lead him from representational landscape painting to essentially abstract work, not shying away from mixing and employing the various media a painter has on hand to guide him on his road to discover his own reality.

Saskia Haugen-Reimholt spent a large part of her life in the foothills of the Western Mountains of Maine, and it comes to no surprise that this beautiful landscape is a recurring theme in her art work. The often overwhelming mountain views, river valleys, and the changing seasons surround her with an abundance of inspiration in her everyday life, and her pallet reflects the colors found in natures own designs. FMI, visit Stadler Gallerie online.

New Era Gallery of Vinalhaven will feature prints and sculpture by Alison Hildreth, drawings by Marguerite White, and watercolors by John Wulp in their Midsummer 2011 show. The show will open with an artist’s reception Saturday, July 16, from 4 – 7 pm, and will run through August 3.

Alison Hildreth’s etchings, drawings and three dimensional work explore themes and literary references that she has developed throughout her career. Marguerite White’s masterful charcoal drawings of birds on vellum are reminiscent of da Vinci’s in both their subtlety and their intense focus on subject matter. John Wulp’s most recent watercolors are brilliant examples of his super-realist style brought to bear on the foliage and blooms of his own island home. In addition, several of Wulp’s large scale portraits will be on loan to New Era Gallery from July 16 – 28 and will be exhibited in the adjacent Windy Way Barn.

As part of New Era Gallery’s ongoing 10th year celebration, the gallery will host a reading by John Guare (House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation) of his new play Erased in the Windy Way Barn. Guare will be joined by actor Omar Sangare who performed with Ms. Chezevska in Six Degrees of Separation in Warsaw, and who also acted in the recent New York production of Erased. Seating for the performance is limited to 50 people; reservations may be made by calling the gallery at 207-863-9351.

Ongoing Exhibitions

From mid-June through mid-September Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth will be open every Wednesday evening until 7:30 pm for Wednesday Night Art. FMI, visit Courthouse Gallery online, or call (207) 667-6611.

River Arts Gallery II in Damariscotta is currently exhibiting Skimming the Surface through July 19 with an opening reception on Saturday July 2 from 5 to 8 pm. FMI visit River Arts blog, or call 207-563-1507.

Betts Gallery in Belfast (located in The Belfast Framer) is currently exhibiting the work of Carol Sloane in Tidal Rocks/Canyon Walls. FMI call 207- 338-6465 or visit The Belfast Framer online.

Joy to the Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit the work of artist Lynne Seitzer in ‘Picket Fence. Lighthouse’ through July 31. FMI, call 207- 633-7025 or visit Joy to the Wind gallery online.

Haynes Gallery will exhibit American Realism: Works on Paper, 1862-2011 through Aug. FMI, contact Haynes Gallery by emailing INQUIRIES@HAYNESGALLERIES.COM or call 615-312-7000.

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is showing the sculptural work of ceramic artist Simon van der Ven of Lincolnville and the ethereal landscapes of painter Susan Metzger of Washington, Maine on exhibit through July 31. FMI and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit Aarhus Gallery online or call 338-0001.

allen david GALLERY is currently showing the work of Celene Farris, Robert Grant, Brenda Haley, Nancy Lee Lovley, and Claire Vigneau through July 6.

The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield is pleased to announce the opening of its summer season with an exhibition of work by Jaine Jacobs through July 15. FMI, visit Stadler Gallery online or call (207) 265-5025.

CRAFT gallery is currently exhibiting Bird Watching through August 4. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit CRAFT Gallery online.

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will exhibit Jason Larkin: Past Perfect through November 27. FMI, visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

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.

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 will exhibit Andrew Wyeth: The Road to Olsons through October 30. FMI call 207-596-6457 or visit Farnsworth Museum online.

Portland Museum of Art will exhibit Refashioned through July 31. FMI, call (207) 7Link75-6148 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.

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