Archipelago in Rockland hosted an opening reception July 9 for the work of Josie Iselin, here with gallery director Lisa Mozzel Vietz, for Rock, Paper, Scanner. The show was well attended, reported surprising good opening night sales, and will run through August 19. Anthony Anderson photo.
Edward Hopper, “Untitled (Rocks and Sea), 1916-1919, oil on wood, Whitney Museum of American Art
Edward Hopper’s Maine opens at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
“My aim in painting,” Edward Hopper (1882-1967) once wrote, “has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impressions of nature.” And yet, to look at many of Hopper’s best-known paintings, with their characteristic coolness, is to accept that statement uneasily. Though they are less familiar, it is the paintings and watercolors that the artist produced during nine summers between 1914 and 1929 — with Maine as his muse — that perhaps most bear out his “intimate impressions of nature.”
A major exhibition, Edward Hopper’s Maine opens at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick with a reception, July 15, and runs through October 16. ”It is a privilege to offer this exhibition, a celebration of both Hopper and Maine, to the greater public. That it should take place in Maine is especially appropriate and gratifying.” says museum director Kevin Salatino. Images from the show can be seen online.
Organized in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Edward Hopper’s Maine brings together 88 of these early paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints. With loans from nearly thirty public and private collections, this exhibition represents the first comprehensive examination of this crucial period of artistic experimentation. Among the institutions who have generously loaned works are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A 176 page, fully illustrated catalogue accompanies Edward Hopper’s Maine published by DelMonico Books-Prestel. Contributors include Hopper scholar Carol Troyen, actor-collector-writer Steve Martin, poet Vincent Katz, Whitney Museum curator Carter Foster, Kevin Salatino and Diana Tuite.
Openings + Shows
Diane Scott, “On Reflection”
Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents Six Maine Painters to Watch, a talented and diverse group of landscape artists, on exhibit through August 1 with an artist’s reception at the gallery Friday, July 15, 5-7 pm. Dennis Poirier has provided a unique impression of the Maine landscape for over 30 years. Diane Scott studied Fine Arts at Herts College of Art and Design in St. Albans, England, and the North River Arts Society. “My main focus as I mature as an artist,” says Scott, “has become to find my authentic voice, to embrace it, to protect and defend it, to nurture it, to hold it close to my heart, as I would an imperfect child!” Brian Banks began his art career in England before emigrating to western Canada in 1971. He became very interested in learning the watercolor medium and took instruction from several notable watercolor artists.
A pure landscape and the interactions of earth, water, sky, and light have been the major themes for watercolorist Charles McCaughtry for over 40 years. McCaughtry has had forty one-man exhibitions and has participated in over two hundred national, regional, and special exhibitions. His paintings have been honored with over thirty awards. Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine painter and a published children’s book illustrator. Her paintings are impressionistic with loose brushstrokes and light use of color – a meditation on the happiness to be found in nature. Jane Gilbert studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. She has lived in Orland, Maine since 1975 showing her work in galleries throughout Maine and winning numerous awards. FMI call 374-5773 or visit Blue Hill Bay Gallery online.
The second show of the 2011 Turtle Gallery season is now open and runs through July 23. Work presented includes encaustic paintings by Pat Wheeler, mixed media pieces by J. Fred Woell, oils by Jeff Loxterkamp, and photographs of Katmandu by Letson Douglass.
Also showing are works curated by exhibiting sculptor David Sywalski – a collection of work by Maine sculptors Roy Patterson, and Andreas Von Huene. Using the elegant material of granite, Patterson, a sophisticated sculptor whose work is modern and abstract and yet contains the history of the craft ; and Von Huene, a Renaissance man showing figurative works with a comprehensive range of influences and interests.
J. Fred Woell states “I make things I hope people can laugh at and yet take seriously.” This retrospective sampling will include his Pop jewelry, relief pins, and found object wall pieces. Patricia Wheeler is a painter who works with mixed media, nontraditional books and video projection. Her work is content based and usually contains some form of text. Using an abstract vocabulary, she looks for intersections between unrelated elements within a painting, searching for insight into the human story. Loxterkamp draws the viewer into other worlds and strives to have the viewer be engulfed by his paintings. Concentrating on the environment of the Maine coast, he manipulates a mixture of patterns into a coherent whole and describes obsession as his theme. Colby student and Deer Isle resident Letson Douglass traveled to Nepal in the Fall of 2010. She spent several weeks traversing the more rural areas of Nepal and trekking in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas with her camera in tow. The photographs featured were taken in the urban Kathmandu Valley and in Mustang, a remote and mountainous region nestled in between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges of the Himalayas. FMI please call 348-9977, or visit Turtle Gallery online.
For the month of July the Harlow Gallery will proudly present The Artists of Hallowell an exhibition of work by the amazingly diverse and talented artists who live in our hometown.
The public is invited to the opening celebration on Friday, July 1 from 5-8pm, featuring a CULINARY ARTS SHOWCASE with signature dishes provided by Hallowell restaurants, caterers and bakers! PLUS entertainment by Hallowell musicians Steve Vellani and Roger Sampson. All free and open to the public! The Artists of Hallowell, on view through July 29, is being sponsored by Hallowell businesses, including Dead River Company, Sustainable Structures, Inc. and Mattson’s Flooring and Lighting.
The exhibition will include a display of work by Hallowell artist Paul Plumer, honoring his memory. Paul died just over a year ago, in May 2010. He studied art at Ecole Nationale Des Beaux Arts Et Des Arts Appliques, Nancy, France, followed by study at The Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, now located in Pasadena, Calif.
He began working as a freelance illustrator in Los Angeles, where he produced work for ABC television. He returned to Maine in 1963 and worked for Ad-Media Inc. in Augusta until 1965, when he started his own commercial art and illustration studio in a barn adjacent to his home. For more than 40 years, he worked in watercolors, oils, drawings, architectural renderings, sculpting and woodcarving. He is missed and remembered fondly by his many friends and neighbors in Hallowell. FMI, visit Harlow Gallery online or call (207) 622-3813.
A Midsummer Night of Art will offer an opportunity for the public to meet Bar Harbor artist Russell D’Alessio and view his latest works on July 12 and 13 from 5 to 7 pm in the Grand Room of the Bluenose Inn, Bar Harbor. D’Alessio’s new work, “Sirens of the Sea” and “Botanical Sirens,” are rendered in india ink and acrylic and beautifully framed, with papers handmade by Maine Artist Virginia Sarsfield.
Bill Trowell will be playing on piano and a cash bar is available. FMI call (207) 351-5450 or visit www.rdalessio.com.
Courthouse Gallery will host a remembrance for Stephen Pace (1918-2010) and a viewing of the film Stephen Pace: Maine Master on July 13 at 7 pm. Courthouse Gallery hosts this event in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition from July 13 through August 7 for Pace, who passed away last fall. FMI call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.
Christina Heiniger, organizer of the Gifted Hand Show, has opened a Gifted Hand Pop-Up Shop for the month of July in downtown Ellsworth. This fabulous shop features work by 20 Maine artisans. It has something for everyone, and it’s a great shopping destination for your summer guests who would like to take home special Maine- made gifts.
The shop also features a bead shop downstairs. The shop is located at Gallery Grand, 169 Main Street, downtown Ellsworth (between the Sugar ‘n Spice Bake Shop and The Grand Theater). FMI, call (207) 460-1243 or visit Gifted Hand 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. FMI, call (207) 775-6148, ext. 3243. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit Portland Museum of Art online.
COCO VIVO Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor presents Thirteen , A Series of New Watercolors by Tony van Hasselt on display July 15 through 29 with an opening reception on July 15 from 5 to 8 pm.
COCO VIVO is excited to present Thirteen, the third show in their 2011 Unforgettable Show Series. Thirteen is a collection of 13 new watercolors by artist van Hasselt. Van Hasselt A.W.S. is a Signature Member of the American Water Color Society and is one of the finest painters of our day. He has achieved a status and level of respect in the art world that rival a celebrity, albeit a celebrity with grace and civility.
Van Hasselt’s impressionistic style and clear, deft strokes tell a visual story with emphasis on strong patterns of light and shade. Be it a typical Maine coastal view, a rural landscape or local farmer’s market, the viewer will share in its excitement of color and form.
Tony will be doing a demonstration during the opening reception. This will be a wonderful opportunity for art enthusiasts to actually see the process of Tony’s wonderful works.
“I love the excitement of actually painting en plein air since there’s where the action is,” says van Hasselt. “I enjoy the directness that unforgiving watercolor medium gives me. Mother Nature is a great teacher who gives the artist ideas to follow. However, after years of experience one also knows when not to follow her advice. My watercolors are therefore never finished on location. I give myself the opportunity to reappraise the work in the studio and add finishing touches here and there before actually signing and framing those paintings which make the grade.. ” FMI, contact the gallery at 207-633-0671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gleason Fine Art is proud to present an outstanding series of oil paintings of Monhegan Island by Rockland, Delaware, realist Peter Sculthorpe. Peter Sculthorpe: Monhegan Island opens in Portland on Friday, July 15, with an evening public reception for the artist from 5 to 7 pm.
Sculthorpe, who is very well known in the Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia areas, has had two sold-out shows at Gleason Fine Art. This is his first show focused exclusively on Monhegan Island, Maine’s iconic artist’s colony 10 miles out to sea.
Dramatic lighting is a trademark of Sculthorpe’s paintings. His work calls to mind the great American painters of the Hudson River and Luminist traditions. Through his masterful use of light, he creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.
The paintings will be on display in the Portland Gallery from July 7 through August 3. FMI call (207) 699-5599, or visit Gleason Fine Art online.
Downtown Belfast presents the third of ten consecutive Friday Art Walks on July 15. While over a dozen art galleries located within two square blocks keep their doors open for visitors, you can beat the heat in at least three venues that will host receptions serving cool refreshments. Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio, Belfast’s newest art venue, invites visitors to discover her treasure trove of metal and gem art creations. Galerie Dufour presents Clothed Nudes, a fine art figure exhibition of photography by Charles Laurier Dufour. The third gallery to host a reception is High Street Gallery, featuring recent works painters Susan Tobey White, Julie Cyr, and Sheep Jones.
Entertaining passersby with his acoustic interpretations of jazz and pop standards with a few originals mixed in will be the multitalented musician and singer Scot Cannon. Traveling between art venues, visitors will encounter sidewalk performances by modern dancers Shana Bloomstein and Jesse Phillips-Fein.
The Belfast Art Walks begin at 5:30 pm and generally wind down around 8 pm. For more information on the Belfast Art Walk and participating galleries, visit Belfast Art Walk online.
Thoughout every friday through July, the Harlow Gallery will be hosting a Performing Arts Showcase evenings featuring Hallowell talent. Friday July 15 will feature Katie Daggett (sponsored by the Dead River Company). Friday, July 22 features Ed DesJardins (sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Art Association of Hallowell) and July 29 will feature The Colwell Brothers (sponsored by Dick Davies and Susan MacPherson of Hallowell). Each evening of performance lasts from 5 to 8 pm. And, there is still time to sign up to be part of a showcase! Hallowell based poets, songwriters, authors and actors interested in performing at one of the showcase evenings are invited to contact event organizer Bryan Luciano at email@example.com.
Galerie Dufour in Belfast presents Clothed Nudes, a photography exhibition of fine art natural nudes., July 15 through August 11 with an opening reception on Friday, July 15, from 5:30 to 8 pm. The opening reception will offer edible delectables by Georgia.
In most figurative artwork, the nude is the focus of the composition. In Clothed Nudes, however, photographic artist Charles Laurier Dufour has twisted the observer’s expectations. “In each piece within this series, in the foreground are articles of clothing in sharp focus, while in the background the figure is blurred to an impressionistic level of distortion,” explains Dufour. The forest, the seacoast, the city, and some indoor scenes complete these compositions. Color and monochromatic works were created for this exhibition of 14 recent works. FMI call 338-6448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Charles Laurier Dufour’s websites for ample examples of Dufour’s artwork.
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 email@example.com, visit WMAG online or call (207) 743-7813.
The D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host a book signing by Bar Harbor author Susan Raab. Raab will sign her latest photographic book, “A Day in the Life of a Maine Lobsterman.” Be sure to stop by and meet Raab and hear about her day out “lobstering.” A true Maine experience not to be missed. FMI call (207) 351-5450 or visit www.rdalessio.com.
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.
Trained in classical figurative and portrait painting in the atelier tradition, Taylor has an extensive collection of landscapes, townscapes and cityscapes from various spots around the country, including her present home on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. In the summer of 2007, Taylor responded to a call to artists sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. The call was to create an artwork depicting the “History of Labor in the State of Maine”. After a review process, she was selected to do the commission.
The final project consisted of an 11 panel mural painted on 4 x 8 sheets of specially prepared MDO board. The panels were applied to adjoining walls in the Department of Labor reception area. In total, the mural measures 36 feet in length, and is nearly 8 feet tall. The 11-panel oil-on-board mural depicts workers in Maine’s traditional industries and trades, from early workshops and fisheries to manufacturing, including scenes of workers’ struggle to unionize. Maine’s current Governor Paul LePage, who came into office in 2010, had the mural removed after receiving complaints. His decision sparked a heated controversy that involved the arts, labor and activist communities in Maine. FMI, visit River Arts online or call 563-1507.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport will open Art to Collect Now, an exhibition of 100 pieces of artwork contributed by artists invited to submit to CMCA’s 34th Benefit Art Auction, on Saturday July 16 with a reception on that day from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition includes artwork by many of Maine’s most distinguished artists.
The 2011 CMCA Benefit Art Auction will take place on Sunday, July 31, at Point Lookout in Northport. The event is the summer’s foremost auction of current art in Maine. Art writer Deborah Weisgall, who has written copy for the catalogue for several years, says, “Every year I am astonished at the quality and variety [of the art] all over again. This is no ordinary benefit. This is a chance to do serious collecting.”
It is also CMCA’s largest fundraiser, providing significant support for the organization’s operations, exhibitions, and programs. Artists choose to donate either a portion or all of the proceeds to CMCA. CMCA is thankful to all contributing artists and is honored by their positive responses year after year.
The auction preview begins at 4:30 pm, followed by a catered dinner and the auction. Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will preside as auctioneer. Tickets to the auction and dinner are $125 and can be ordered by calling CMCA at 207-236-2875. Absentee bids are encouraged for those who can’t be present at the Auction. FMI, visit CMCA online or call (207) 236-2875 x304.
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, New Era 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. FMI visit New Era Gallery online or call (207) 863-9351.
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.
The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast will open an art exhibit by Adele Drake entitled Depth of Field on Friday July 22 during the Belfast Art Walk from 5 to 8 pm. With saturated colors and a variety of brush strokes, Adele Drake’s oil paintings depict the structures of farms, fields and orchards. FMI, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Maine Farmland Trust online.
Special Call to Artists: Members’ Show at River Arts
River Arts in Damariscotta announces a call to member artists for the upcoming Members’ Show, always a highlight of the organization’s continuous calendar of exhibitions. Unlike other RIVER ARTS shows, juried by eminent art professionals from throughout Maine, the works in the Member’s Show are chosen by submitting artists themselves. Artists choose one piece to represent them in the exhibition, selecting their very best. Submissions in any medium, including sculpture and photography, are invited.
Artists are asked to avoid exceptionally large pieces, due to space limitations in this especially popular show. Plexiglass or clear acrylic must be used in framing instead of glass in works thirty-six inches or more on a side. Work may not exceed forty inches in any dimension.
There is no submission fee for this show. Renewals and new memberships will by accepted with the submission. Drop off dates are Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, 10 to 4, at the RIVER ARTS main gallery in downtown Damariscotta. For questions and special requests, telephone (207) 563-1507, or email email@example.com
Selected Ongoing Exhibitions
Greenhut Galleries in Portland is currently exhibiting the work of THE NEW YORKER magazine cover artist Charles E. Martin through July 30. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details on the show and images, please visit Carver Hill Gallery online.
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. FMI, call 207 594-4544 or visit Landing Art Gallery online.
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, 5 to 7 pm. FMI, visit Courthouse Gallery online or call (207) 667–6611.
Åarhus Gallery in Belfast will 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 through July 31. FMI and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit Aarhus Gallery online www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.
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 www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.
UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor will host NEW DAWN FADES: Photographs by Thomas Hager and Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography through September 24. FMI call (207) 561-3350, email email@example.com 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.
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.