Openings + Shows

Maine Craft Guild Shows a Maine Tradition

The Maine Craft Guild’s Mount Desert Island Directions Show is often referred to as the most outstanding, most successful, and longest running craft show in Maine. At the 36th Annual Show, 80 of Maine’s finest craftspeople will fill the newly renovated gymnasium and cafeteria at the Mount Desert Island High School with their work, transforming the space into a gallery-like setting of carefully designed individual displays. It’s a great opportunity for the public to meet extraordinary artisans and purchase work of heirloom quality handmade here in Maine.

Maine Craft Guild has recently redesigned their website to allow easier viewing member’s work. Visitors can see all the show schedules and all the beautiful work of its artist members at mainecraftsguild.com.

Maine Craft Guild’s Island Directions Show, Mount Desert High School, Route 233, Mount Desert, Fri, July 29 from 5 pm to 9 pm, Sat, July 30 from 10 am to 5 pm, Sun, July 31 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Maine Crafts Guild hosts a second show in Bar Harbor at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel where 60 artisans show their excellence in Maine craft in the beautiful indoor spaces and on the gorgeous lawns.

Maine Craft Guild at Bar Harbor 2011, Atlantic Oceanside, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Friday, August 19 from 5 pm to 9 pm, Sat, Aug. 20, from 10 am to 5 pm, Sun, Aug 21, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Camp Ketcha sits on 133 acres of meadows, forests, streams and wetlands near Scarborough Beach State Park. This show is a chance to savor the end of summer and see the work of 50 of Maine’s finest artisans.

Maine Craft Guild at Scarborough 2011 , Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Rd., Scarborough, Sat. Sept. 17 from 10 am to 5 pm, Sun. Sept. 18 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The final show for the season is a chance to meet and see the work of 30 of Maine’s finest craftspeople and begin your holiday shopping at this beautiful light-filled show of heirloom-quality work that will enrich anyone’s home, body and soul.

15th Annual Crafts at the Maine Museum Maine State Museum, 230 State Street Augusta, Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sun., Nov. 6 from 10 am to 4 pm

Listen to the 7/23 Café radio show and Anthony’s interview with Guild Marketing Director Betsy Levine


On Wednesday, July 20 there was a cool art scene going on Elm Street in Rockland. Located just across the street from the Farnsworth Museum of Art, three fine galleries share a serene central garden patio and are open and busy. The Landing Gallery hosted art collectors and artists appreciation night with champagne, CRAFT Gallery’s beautiful collection was well attended, and Caldbeck Gallery had a popular opening reception for Kayla Mohammadi, Lise Becu, Lois Dodd and John Woolsey.

Pictured here clockwise from top: The cool giardinetto invites; guest Sarah Boisvert and Landing Gallery owner and artist, Bruce Busko; James Kinnealey and Cynthia Hyde, owners of Caldbeck Gallery, now in their 30th year; guests socialize at the Caldbeck opening reception; Barbara Michelena, owner of Craft Gallery.


Openings + Shows



George Bayliss, “Pine Hill”

Bob Smith, “Two Islands”
Gerald Matthew Immonen, “The Sea Tides Of The Soul”

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle is currently showing work by George Bayliss, Gerald Immonen and Bob Smith through August 6.

George Bayliss’ focus is landscape. “When all is said and done,” Bayliss says, “for me painting is color.” Bayliss is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America and he is also Professor Emeritus at Temple University and the University of Michigan. He lives and works on Deer Isle and in Philadelphia.

Gerald Immonen spends roughly half of each year at his home and studio located at the head of Burnt Cove in Stonington. His watercolors convey his fascination with the theater of the natural world, his brushwork ranges from meticulous to highly expressive. He uses a special technique to “wash” and “layer” the inks in his paintings, giving them a almost psychedelic, Japanese-manga effect.

Bob Smith of St. Louis and Stonington is Professor Emeritus, Washington University, and was Artist in Residence at the Cite International des Arts, Paris. The collection featured at the Turtle Gallery is the result of an interest in the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci which began in the 1970’s when he created a student design project involving “Mona Lisa Pizza.” “Mona is the most popular symbol of art known by name and image everywhere…in spite of all the questionable distortions and commercial applications that Mona is subjected to, you will notice that she seems to retain her dignity apart from the abundant attention. A work of art surviving all this, calmly smiling above it all has to be respected,” comments Smith.

Also on view are numerous handmade objects, a diverse collection of prints and works on paper by artists associated for many years with Turtle Gallery. FMI, call (207) 348-9977, or visit Turtle Gallery online.


John Neville, “Plenty of Fish”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will highlight a new exhibition with two upcoming gallery talks: Philip Frey, whose work is highlighted in a solo exhibition, will give a gallery talk on Wednesday, July 27 at 6pm. Vivian Beer, whose work is also highlighted in a solo exhibition, will join sculptors Kazumi Hoshino and Mark Kindschi for an artist’s talk on Wednesday, August 3.

Frey, who lives in Sullivan, is known for his vibrant paintings of the Maine landscape. Beer and Kindschi work in steel and Hoshino works in stone. The sculptors will talk about their processes. The artist’s talks are part of the gallery’s Wednesday Night Art series of events and lectures. The events are free and open to the public.

Courthouse Gallery has new work on view through August 7, by painters Jane Dahmen, Andrew Newman, John Neville, Jessica Stammen, and John David Wissler, and sculptors Kazumi Hoshino and Mark Kindschi. Visit Courthouse Gallery online or call (207) 667-6611.


Antonio Gaudi, the fourth film in the free Art Videos at the Gallery 2011 series at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, will be presented Wednesday July 27 at 7:30 pm.

The art video, Antonio Gaudi (Hiroshi Teshigahara) describes the life and work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) who designed some of the world’s more astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks. Filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. In this film, their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudi takes viewers on a tour of Gaudi’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject’s organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudi on film.

The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series is shown on a theater-size screen; admission is free.FMI, call (207) 646-7055 or visit The Barn Gallery online.

We The People is currently on exhibit at Mars Hall Gallery in Martinsville. A reception for the artists will be held on Friday July 29 from 6-8 pm. The show features works by Ronald Frontin, one of Maine’s most renowned painters of people. Works by his students at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland will also be included in the show.

Ronald Frontin is known for his portraits of dignitaries such as Senator Margaret Chase Smith & Governor John McKernan, as well as the everyday workers picking blueberries, digging potatoes, lobstering, clamming and hanging up laundry to dry. He is highly respected by his students as an accomplished artist as well as an inspiring instructor. Frontin himself was inspired by Nelson Shanks, with whom he apprenticed.

Also included in the show are works by Leo Brooks, Charles DuBack, Alison Hill, Kris Johnson, Brian Kliewer, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Carl Sublett, and Eleanor Zuccola. FMI, call 207-372-9996 or visit Mars Halls Gallery online.

High Street Studio & Gallery will host a book signing and a tasting of recipes from the Home Port Cookbook with author Will Holtham and illustrator Susan Tobey White, Friday, July 29 from 5:30 to 8 pm. This event is part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival and Belfast Gallery Walks. FMI, visit High Street Gallery online or 207-338-8990.


Ronald Salter, “September Light, Damariscotta River”

allen david GALLERY in Boothbay Harbor opens The Maine Coast Show on Saturday, July 30 at 6:30 pm with live jazz by Fran Vigneau and Steve Footer. The Maine Coast Show will be on display until August 3.

The Maine Coast Show is comprised of the works of Ron Salter, Bill Tomsa, Frederick Kubitz, and Rick Daskam. These award-winning artists all reflect the different colors and feelings of the coast of Maine from Kubitz’ traditional interpretaion to Daskam’s dramatic and emotional depictions of Monhegan. Both Salter and Tomsa at their easels are common sightings in the Boothbay region as they are very involved with the plein air painters. FMI, call 207-633-0003 or visit allen david Gallery online.

Coastal Fine Art Alliance of Maine (CFAAM) is presenting three outdoor art shows: “Gallery on the Green” 12th annual juried art show, downtown Southwest Harbor, Sat July 30 and Sunday July 31; “Gallery at the Harbor”, 1st annual juried art show, Heritage Park, Belfast, Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7; and “Gallery on the Green” 12th annual juried art show, downtown Southwest Harbor, Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. FMI, visit www.seamaineart.com.


Matthew Welch-Fits, “No Big Shake”

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor will exhibit work by Matthew Welch-Fits through August 6 with an artist’s reception Sunday, July 31, 5 to 7 pm. FMI, call 207-963-6005, email info@littlefieldgallery.com or visit Littlefield Gallery online.

The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay along with its fine furniture craftsmen, Chris Becksvoort, William Evans, Kevin Rodel, and Joseph Tracy are extending a warm welcome to The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association for the first annual furniture and art exhibit in Bar Harbor from July 31 through August 3.

As an added attraction to fine handcrafted furniture, The Gallery will be displaying some of their finest paintings in various mediums and other paintings and photography by artists from different locations throughout the State of Maine. This exhibition is taking place at The Stone House, Bar Harbor Regency Hotel, Bar Harbor. FMI, please visit Frenchman’s Bay Gallery online.


R. Keith Rendall, “Spiny Crab” (Woodcut)

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to have Wiscasset printmaker R. Keith Rendall as their guest artist for the month of August. The show runs from August 2 through August 28 with an opening reception Friday August 5, 5-8 pm.

Increasing in scale and scope, his current series, The Aged and Unknown, realized with gouge, block and baron, pushes the limitations of the medium and focuses our attention on the lives and habits of unique creatures that dwell timeless in the natural world. Such creatures we may well be in the habit of reducing to sign, myth or metaphor. “I have spent my entire professional career observing behaviors of creatures -marveling at a hedge of herons, studying the habits of flight in birds, and grappling with the bizarre, cantankerous, and snappish world of turtles,” says Rendall. “My intention is to present the creature in its natural form; to abstain from personification, to challenge the viewer to abandon the desire to attach ones own meaning and interpretation to the physical presence of a wild being.”

Along with this accomplished guest artist, the work of Aarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on view. FMI visit Aarhus Gallery online or call (207) 338-0001.


Sarah Knock, “Near Birch Island”
Below: “Venice Canal”

Greenhut Galleries in Portland’s Old Port presents Sarah Knock in Water: The Surface & Below, August 4 through 27 with an opening reception on First Thursday August 4 from 5 to 7 pm.

Sarah Knock, highly regarded and collected Maine realist painter, is being featured this August in her ninth solo show at the gallery. Sarah has developed a unique visual language which masterfully captures the dramatic ripples and subtle reflections found along coastal edges. These paintings capture your fascination with successive layers of transparent depth.

Knock utilizes her signature high-keyed colors and contrasts to create airy views of the Maine coast and other locales. As a painter, she concerns herself with geometry, depth and clarity, as well as subject. She employs her sense of intense color relationships to achieve an equivalent heightened sense of place and memory. In Knock’s own words, “My latest paintings express an attraction to the soothing and restorative qualities of water. In this body of work, I connected with the shallow water between islands, the patterns in the coastline around Stonington, the water swells and seeing into the depths, the quiet stillness of the sun and clouds reflecting on the surface….these paintings express a sense of serenity that comes with a deep connection to the calming effects of nature.” FMI, call (207) 772-2693 or email greenhut@maine.com.


Jean Kigel, “Refuge”

Jean Kigel’s 13th Annual Eastern Views will be on show at Round Top Farm,
Damariscotta from August 4 through 10, 2011. The public is invited to an extraordinary week of art, promising to dazzle the eye and grip the senses. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 5 from 5-7 pm. For the first time one of Kigel’s popular gyotaku [fish monoprints] will be auctioned in a silent auction during the show, with partial proceeds to benefit the Damariscotta River Association.

This show features Asian brush paintings and watercolors representative of the Far East, Down East, and Eastern Europe. Kigel’s paintings are unmistakably Chinese in technique, yet
often western in concept and composition. Her work depicts a remarkably close engagement with the natural world. For example, her signature piece, Refuge, depicts a barnacle bonded to a mussel shell, attached to an oyster shell, inside of which hides a rock crab. Another painting, Totem, depicts a peaceful Atlantic Ocean lapping the edge of Harbor Island, on which kayakers have placed driftwood poles strewn with derelict buoys. This year Kigel presents a new series of gyotaku prints, a kind of monotype printed from a real fish. FMI, call (207) 832-5152 or visit JeanKigel.com.

Peter Poskas, “Late Afternoon, Stonington, Maine”

Haynes Galleries in Thomaston presents Peter Poskas: Timeless Places, August 5 through August 27, with an opening reception Friday August 5, 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit features luminous landscapes where canvases are an ode to rural living — gritty winter scenes in the farmlands of New England play against the tranquility of a coastal Maine summer. Meet the artist for casual conversation at Haynes Galleries, August 27, noon to 2 pm. FMI, call (207)354-0605 or visit Haynes Galleries online.

August 5 is the First Friday Art Tour highlighting fine art in the Boothbay Region. Art exhibits and art demonstrations during the day are complimented by evening open house receptions. All the galleries are all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Peninsula. Follow the Art Trail map (provided inside the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide). Fliers may also be picked up at participating galleries, area Bed and Breakfasts as well as the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber office. Set your own pace for an art filled day into evening; there is even an Art Brunch!

Choose to make several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for lively evening receptions; some also offer live music. Galleries participating on August 5 include Joy To The Wind Gallery, allen david Gallery, Ocean Point Studio, Boothbay Region Art Foundation, and COCO VIVO Fine Art.

Join the excitement at the famous OAA Art Auction on August 6 at the Barn Gallery! The Gallery will open the 60th annual art auction at 7 pm, with bidding beginning at 8 pm.

Auctioneer Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Come to the Barn Gallery to preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card or leave a Silent Bid from Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, August 5 from 11 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday, August 6 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Participating OAA artists, many with national and international reputations, have created original, one-of-a-kind bid cards on sale at the Gallery for $25. A bid card purchase includes auction admission, catalog and refreshments. Plain bid cards for admission are available for $5. FMI, call 207-646-8400 or visit Barn Gallery online.

The weekly Belfast Friday Art Walk continues on July 29 from 5:30 pm to about 8 pm. Recent works by over a hundred artists will be exhibited in almost 20 art studios and galleries with refreshments to cool visitors at most venues. Art Alliance Gallery (AAG) is home to several local artists of various media and will be one of the reception-hosting galleries. The other is High Street Studio and Gallery where Home Port Cookbook (2011) author Wil Holtham and the book’s illustrator Susan Tobey White will be holding a book signing. Many of artists are present during the art walks and enjoy discussing their work with interested patrons.

Downtown visitors will be entertained by local favorite musical duet, Tango, consisting of pianist Martin Gottlieb and singer Kristin Burkholder performing the American songbook. Also on the downtown streets will be the moving meditation dance known as 5Rhythms featuring Belfast’s own Anna Witholt-Abaldo accompanied by Sarah Wilde, Kari Luehman, and Gail Edgerly. FMI on the art walks, go to www.belfastartwalk.com.

Joy to the Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit Take a Closer Look August 5 through September 1. Take a Closer Look is a new series of closely cropped views of the boat ‘Inevitable’ painted in oil by John M.T.Seitzer. Stop in during the Boothbay Harbor art walk. FMI call (207) 633-7025 or visit Joy to the Wind online.


Selected Ongoing Exhibitions

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 carverhillgallerymaine@yahoo.com. For more details on the show and images, please visit Carver Hill Gallery online.

Edward Hopper’s Maine at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick runs through October 16. FMI, visit Bowdoin College Museum of Art online or listen to the 7/9 Cafe des Artistes interview with museum director Kevin Salatino.

Courthouse Gallery will host a retrospective exhibition for Stephen Pace (1918-2010) through August 7. FMI call 667-6611 or visit Courthouse Gallery online.

COCO VIVO Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor presents Thirteen, series of New Watercolors by Tony van Hasselt on display through July 29. FMI, contact the gallery at 207-633-0671 or email info@cocovivofineart.com.

Gleason Fine Art is proud to present an outstanding series of oil paintings of Monhegan Island by Rockland, Delaware realist Peter Sculthorpe, through August 3. FMI, call 207-699-5599, or visit Gleason Fine Art online.

Galerie Dufour in Belfast presents Clothed Nudes, a photography exhibition of fine art natural nudes through August 11. FMI call 338-6448 or email charlie@du4photo.com, or visit Charles Laurier Dufour’s websites for ample examples of Dufour’s artwork.

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, which will run through August 3. FMI visit New Era Gallery online or call (207) 863-9351

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.

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.

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 or call 338-0001.

CRAFT gallery will exhibit Bird Watching through August 4. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit CRAFT Gallery online.

The 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 kj@umit.maine.edu 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 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.