May is the restart button for another wonderful summer season in Maine. My wish is for fair days, interesting art, running into old friends, and lots of top-down cruising through Maine delivering Gallery Guides and visiting openings.
The May Café begins with a Jill Hoy show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. It’s an inspiring story and cause, and starts below. Jon Imber, Jill’s husband, passed away last month from ALS. Jon was a wonderful artist and person who painted ferociously until the very end. I interviewed him in his studio in 2012 and saw him in command of an extraordinary talent. He told me this little story about once painting on the water’s edge. An old timer came up and said, “There was this fella that used to stand and paint right where you’re standing, name of John Marin.” Jon will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to Jill and family.
May Café continues with “Balance Point” a season opener for Carver Hill Gallery, Greenhut Galleries presents “Ed Douglas: New Work,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens “Creatures and Critters,” Art Space gallery announces new members, Wine Cellar Art Gallery hosts the work of Paul Alexandre John, Bayview Gallery artist Wendy Newcomb’s work will be featured on L.L. Bean catalog covers, Aarhus Gallery is opening ‘Sky’, The “12th Annual Festival of Art” opens in Belfast, Sharon Townshend is 2014 MCA Master Craft Artist, Wallworks Gallery opens “Montpelier: Through the Eyes of Tilman Crane,” 2014 CMCA Biennial announces 28 artists in exhibition, Caldbeck Gallery opens “A Year in the George’s River Watershed,” and Harlow Gallery invites Maine artists to submit work to the upcoming exhibition Inspired by Katahdin.
See the brilliant images, stories and links at the Café des Artistes blog right now, and in tomorrow morning’s Bangor Daily News.
Here in Lucerne, things are pretty busy as we gear up for the season. While awaiting delivery of the new guides, we are getting contracts and new sales materials printed, our web site is getting a total overhaul and update, and of course, editing and compiling Café des Artistes.
And now our parting thought/image from DADA
Freedom! Happy May Day! Cover for The Liberator by Hugo Sellers.