Ellsworth Bruce Brown, curator emeritus of CMCA in Rockport, recently guided a group of 26 members from the Oakland Museum Art Guild in California on an art tour through Down East Maine. Guild members Connie Rosenquist and Beverly Sereda organized the trip. This was the group’s second visit to Maine; their first visit was six or seven years ago to southern Maine.
A visit to Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth was the “kickoff” event on this whirlwind art tour that included visits to artists’ studios, galleries, and museums. At Courthouse Gallery painter Philip Frey and sculptor Jesse Salisbury gave lectures about their work. Salisbury, who has a solo show opening August 10 at the gallery, demonstrated how he assembles a granite sculpture. The sculpture is a brand new piece for Salisbury and is made up of five interlocking pieces.
The group also visited the Northeast Harbor studio of Robert Neuman, as he was educated in San Francisco. Other stops included the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.