Winter Festivities in Downtown Belfast Kicks off First Weekend in December



Photograph by Neal Parent, Parent Gallery

Come kick off the holidays in downtown Belfast with festive cultural and retail enticements the weekend of December 5th and 6th! With two evenings of art openings and street performances as part of Belfast Art’s special holiday art walk offerings, the monthly First Friday Contra Dance, and Our Town Belfast’s annual Early Bird Sale and Tree Lighting events on Saturday, the whole family can have fun ringing in this joyful season.

On Friday the 5th, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer on Main Street will have an Opening Reception for Wrap-up the Holidays, a show of small works by 25 area artists from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Waterfall Arts’ handmade art and craft gift show will have an opening reception from 5 – 8 pm. Street performers will punctuate the downtown, and the evening will continue with the Belfast Flying Shoes 9th Birthday Celebration Contra Dance at the Belfast American Legion Post, featuring the three-member band Crowfoot with caller Adina Gordan and a celebration cupcake tower.

Saturday morning December 6th, Belfast wakes up for its annual Early Bird Sale from 6 – 9 a.m. where shoppers will find deep discounts in over fifty downtown Belfast shops and restaurants. Retail revelry continues throughout the day and at 4:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at Post Office Square where children and adults alike will sing carols with the Belfast Area High School A-Capella group and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The tree will be lit around 5pm with help from Santa himself and a lucky child chosen from among the attendees. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, and hosted in partnership by Our Town Belfast and Belfast Parks & Recreation, the tree lighting is being brought back to its traditional location at Post Office Square this year, adding to the old fashioned Christmas spirit.

On Saturday night holiday shoppers can be sure find something to delight a loved one during Belfast Arts Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. Betts GalleryWrap-Up The Holidays, Åarhus - Holiday Extravaganza, Maine Farmland Trust GalleryFrolicking Fiber Fiesta Holiday Art Show, and Waterfall Arts Handmade Art/Craft/Gift Show all have shows highlighting local made, affordable, handcrafted gifts. Harbor Artisans Artist Cooperative is raffling off a number of their local, hand-made works throughout most of December, the proceeds of which will help support the Waldo County Interfaith Fuel Fund.

The Belfast Creative Coalition and Our Town Belfast encourage the community to come out in support of local shops and galleries this holiday season. Supporting Belfast area businesses is easy to do when there are so many opportunities for fun and festivity this December downtown!

Dan Graziano online Holiday Show

DanA special holiday art show offered online in conjunction with the Lucky Hill gallery in Castine, Maine begins today, Dec. 10.  The show features over twenty recent paintings that reflect Dan’s renewed interest in urban subjects and nocturnes.  These paintings can be viewed and purchased directly through the web site  via Pay Pal or by visiting Lucky Hill, 15 Main Street, Castine, Maine  207 326-1066.  All paintings are framed and are available with free shipping within the continental U.S.  This holiday show and sale ends December 31st.

Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Small Works 2014 Show

“Whoa” Bear” by Cynthia Stroud

Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2014 Show on Thursday, December 4 from 5–7pm. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Robert Callahan, Gregory Dunham, Pamela Elias, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Alison Rector, David Vickery. Artworks in the show can be viewed at/> .

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information call 667-6611 or visit>

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show + Artist reception

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Greenhut Galleries in Portland celebrates the season and their artists with a festive Holiday Group Show December 4 – 27, with an Artist reception Saturday, December 6th 1-3 pm. This exhibit showcases new work by over 40 Greenhut artists, including Mary Bourke, Colin Page, Grant Drumheller, Sandra Quinn, Nancy Morgan Barnes and David Driskell.  Click here to view The Holiday Show.

One Lupine 12th Annual Open Studio features Heather Perry.

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One Lupine in Bangor is hosting its 12th Annual Open Studio, featuring jewelry artist Heather Perry on Saturday, December 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,. All are invited to a preview of Heather Perry’s work the night before on Friday, December 5th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Come celebrate with us!

For over a decade, Heather Perry has run a successful business dedicated to the creation, production and sale of fine jewelry collections and custom jewelry design. Perry has recently completed her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine and is presently exploring the intersection between her practical experience in craft and expressive experience in art. More about Heather Perry and her work can be found at:


DIY Felting Jewelry Class at Tidemark Gallery

TidemarkFriendship folk-and-fiber artist, Patience Sampson, will teach a one-day, 3-hour class on Friday, December 12, 9 am to noon, at Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. Students will learn how to make stylish new felted woolen beads for jewelry, buttons, fobs, whatever! This versatile wet felting technique is easy to master, fun to learn. Share a new skill with kids, family and friends. For more info contact Charlotte Davenhill

“A Change of Season and Kathleen Galligan” at George Marshall Store Gallery

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York, Maine:  Despite the cold and the dark, a large crowd turned out the other evening at the Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery to preview the final exhibitions of the 2014 season. “A Change of Season” is the theme and includes the work of twenty regional artists, some of who have previously exhibited at the venue along with some new faces. Concurrently, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has a one-person exhibition in the dock level gallery.

Curator, Mary Harding explains that the “change of season” theme isn’t just about moving into the winter months, but about all of our “season” and how we adapt and embrace change and new things.

Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented through landscapes, still life, and figures enjoying various activities. A large garden view titled “Entering Path of Memories” by York artist Michael Walek, is blazing with floral colors reminding us of the peak of summer gardens. One can almost hear the sounds of splashing and play in Grant Drumheller’s large “Swimming Cove,” or the crack of a baseball bat in Louise Bourne’s “The Steal.” Portsmouth artist, Lisa Noonis has also captures the height of summer in her paintings that include views of York Harbor and Rye beaches.

Tom Curry has a number of fresh views of Maine islands, boats and harbors. More abstracted compositions by Richard Keen suggest hulls of ships cutting through the water. Brett X. Gamache’s “Fisherman Rowing” is another take on a familiar scene – a bright yellow dingy is rowed silently below the cliffs of a harbor.

A group theme exhibition is an opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery. Tom Driscoll from Wilmot, New Hampshire is exhibiting three collage and mixed media paintings. Portland artist Jenny Potter Scheu’s watercolor, Prismacolor and gouache on paper pieces bring more color and pattern to the show. York artist Martha Hesse is also exhibiting for the first time. Her “Hidden Tomato” and “Hawaii Orchid” are some of the first things one sees upon entering the gallery.

“This is a chockablock show! There is something for everyone to enjoy,” commented a recent visitor. Despite the number and variety of pieces, it is not overcrowded and there is an easy flow from one piece to the next. Other exhibiting artists are Todd Bezold, Arthur DiMambro, Ann Trainor Domingue, Kate Emlen, Rosalind Fedeli, Paul Heroux, Madeleine Hopkins, MaJo Kelleshian, Kathi Smith, and Susan Wahlrab.

“Intersections” is the title of Kathleen Galligan’s one-person exhibition. The artist is well known for her expansive landscapes in pastels and oils often with the perspective of from above. Drawing from both memory and being on location, her views are mostly void of man-made objects and focus on the purity and fragility of nature. The moods of these paintings vary from mysteriously foreboding to light-infused optimism. In addition to her landscapes, this exhibition presents recent explorations in themes and media, thus giving further insight to this committed artist.

Both exhibitions continue with regular hours through December 21 and then by chance and appointment during the winter months. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.


Farnsworth and Everyman Rep Present Shakespeare Scenes


On Saturday, December 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host the Everyman Repertory Theatre for a program of readings from a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. The program, which is in conjunction with the museum’s current Shakespeare exhibition, will take place in the museum’s Crosman gallery, beginning at 1 p.m.

Join actors from the Everyman Repertory Theatre for readings from selected Shakespeare scenes, depicted in the current exhibition Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare: From the Yale University Art Gallery. These dramatic readings will take place in the exhibition gallery and will draw from major Shakespearean works including King Henry IV, Part II, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Paul Hodgson, Artistic Director of Everyman Rep, commented: “The scenes chosen are iconic: the explosion of jealousy in Othello, the carousing and recruiting in Henry IV, the play scene in Hamlet, the persecution of Malvolio from Twelfth Night, the division of the kingdom and the seeds of tragedy in King Lear.” The participating actors will include David Greenham, Paul and Jennifer Hodgson, Abby Norman, Jeri Pitcher and David Troup.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a not for profit professional theatre company committed to bringing live theatre to the people of midcoast Maine. Its mission statement is: “Collaboration. Creation. Catharsis. Excellence in professional theatre in the greater Penobscot Bay region”. In late February, Everyman will again be partnering with the Farnsworth for a main-stage production of Arlene Hutton’s As It Is in Heaven— a play that examines a fictional Shaker community in 1830 Kentucky. Information regarding the production will be available at

This program is free with museum admission. No reservations are necessary. For more information please visit or call the Everyman Repertory Theatre at (207) 236-0173

Debbie Casterlin “Bare in the Botanicals” at Summer Island Studio

Debbie Casterlin a local artist from Brunswick will be showing the month of December at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the heart of downtown Brunswick in the Tontine Mall. A reception will be held on Saturday December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Patti at 373-1810 for more information.

about Debbie CasterlinThe name of the show is going to be “Bare in the Botanicals” and the image is Deb smelling the plum blossoms, in June. Her perspective on artistic freedom, her love of natural beauty, and her appreciation of the botanical world reflect her desire to share her innermost values.

Debbie has spent her entire life creating art, capturing moments with a camera and on canvas. Recognized for her artistic talent at a young age she has been commissioned to create art for public institutions and private individuals.

Though she works in many mediums with an eclectic subject range, some of her best known works are acrylics done in a realistic style.

Artist Reception at The Sohns Gallery and Plaid Friday

Sohns Gallery

On Friday December 5th at 6:30 p.m. come meet the artists and see the works they have created. Twenty nine different local artists were selected to create small works on wooden panels provided by the Sohns Gallery. This has resulted in 83 diverse small pieces of original art. There will also be music by The Great Red Line.

And do not forget Plaid Friday this Friday. We offering 10% off to all customers in plaid!

The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock and Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Downtown Bangor.

Ocean House invites all to Holiday Show

Ocean House Gallery & Frame

Please join Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth for our Holiday Show, Saturday, December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m.!

The 2014 Holiday Show features artwork by Catherine Adelman, Chris Beneman, Kimberly Crichton, Sukie Curtis, Jeff Epstein, Ralf Feyl, Tanya Fletcher, Clint Fulkerson, Brita Holmquist, John Knight, Caren-Marie Michel, Dylan Metrano, Liz Moberg, Alex Rheault, Jenny Scheu, Carter Wentworth, Graham Wood, and Jeff Woodbury

Also, framed mirrors and 20% off custom framing now through the end of the year!

Holiday Hodgepodge, a New Fundraiser at the Harlow Gallery


“Winter Begins” by Paula Anastasio

In December, the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents a NEW fundraiser, “Holiday Hodgepodge”, a showcase of fine art and craft, including contemporary and vintage original art. Artwork can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day; 50% of any sold work will benefit programming at the Harlow Gallery while 50% will go to the artist.

The show will run December 3-13, 2014 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. the Harlow Gallery board of directors will host a Gala Preview & Presale event with a $10 entry fee per person, with refreshments and live music. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m.

The Harlow Gallery recently announced an open call to artists, artisans and collectors to submit original work in any medium to Holiday Hodgepodge, there is no cost to participate. Interested artists can find out more at

New Paintings Arriving at Bayview Gallery

Marieluise Hutchinson at Bayview Gallery

“The Path to Christmas” by Marieluise Hutchinson

Several striking new paintings have recently arrived at Bayview Gallery in Brunswick by Paul Stone, Helen Rundell, Marieluise Hutchinson, Barbara Applegate and our very own Director (and painter), Robert Colburn.

Paul Stone at Bayview Gallery

“Sunlight and Seamist” by Paul Stone

Whimsical Fiber Art at Maine Farmland Trust Delights Young and Old

Jill Hoy at Maine Farmland Trust Galleryoil painting by Jill Hoy

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Frolicking Fiber Fiesta is a colorful holiday show with a bounty of treasures for fiber art lovers, along with paintings to match their style. The arts and crafts on display range from high-end, fanciful wall hangings to cleverly repurposed feed bags – catering to any budget and perfect for that special gift.


recycled feed bags by Julia Ventresco

The show is a true feast for the senses: color, texture, playfulness and detail abound. The artist line-up includes local, award winning fiber artist and international exhibitor, Dianne Hire, better described as “quilter extraordinaire”; Leia Scotton, a successful young painter in MFT Gallery’s stable, now coming out as closet fiber artist; Nora Flanagan, quilted pillow queen from Belmont; Julia Ventresco, who has turned recycling into a fashion, with classy shoulder bags made from repurposed feed bags; Willy Reddick, with felted wooly animals too cute to resist; Karen Olson, jewelry maker gifted with a subtle touch; Karen Kulberg, with a fabric inspired series in encaustics; Jude Valentine, pastel artist and sublime silk painter; Sandra Covington, with do-it-yourself needlepoint canvases and Christmas ornaments; and Leslie Anderson and Jill Hoy, oil painters with a flair for color and movement. Finally, painters Christopher O’Connor and Sarah Wilde revisit MFT Gallery’s walls with one canvas each to round out the show.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

quilts by Dianne Hire

Says Hire about her quiltmaking: “To stretch the rules and locate fresh boundaries is my desire. I am a colorist who intuitively responds to the joyful way colors intermingle. I require vibrancy to speak out but never shout – yet boldly sing. That song is interpreted in fiber, strings, strong design and intense vitality of color.”

Scotton’s fabric collages are pieced-together strands of history. Almost every component in each of her pieces is at least a decade old; some fifty years old, some much older. Scotton says: “Just holding them, I feel connected to the people who had them before me, and I try to keep that alive by giving these scraps and odds and ends new life in my artwork.”

Leia Scotton at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

detail from fiber collage by Leia Scotton

Frolicking Fiber Fiesta will be on display from November 21st through January 5th. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 – 4. In addition, the gallery will be open Friday December 5th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Saturday December 6th the gallery will be open from 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for Belfast’s Early Bird Sale (all items discounted!), and during the Art Walk and Tree Lighting later that evening, 5:30 – 8 p.m., the gallery will host a festive reception for all.
More information on MFT Gallery can be found at or by contacting Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo at .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust, visit

Share the Wonder with the Farnsworth


In conjunction with Rockland’s Festival of Lights the Farnsworth Art Museum will be presenting the ninth annual Share the Wonder holiday celebration.This year’s Share the Wonder traditional seasonal display at the Wyeth Center will once again include holiday art and artifacts built around a magnificent model train set. The unique model train installation in the Wyeth Center features two trains traveling through a terrain of familiar landmarks from the midcoast area. The handsome Lehmann LGB model train and accompanying scenery of Rockland and Camden was a gift from Charles and Julie Cawley in 2004. In addition to the one-day Share the Wonder Celebration, the Farnsworth will present programming throughout the month of December. All programs are free with museum admission unless noted.

  • Tuesday, December 2, 3-4 p.m., Oceanside East Chorus, in the museum library
  • Friday, December 5, 2-4 p.m., Tom Ulichny of Midcoast Music Academy, in the museum rotunda
  • Sunday, December 7, 1-3 p.m., Penobscot Bay Ringers, in the museum library
  • Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • Sunday, December 14, 2-3 p.m., Suomalaiset Jouset, Finnish lap harp ensemble, in the museum library
  • Sunday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Card Making at Fog with the [Collective]. Please note that this event will take place at the Fog Bar & Cafe, 328 Main Street in Rockland. No admission fee is required.
  • Wednesday, December 17, Noon, Music @ Noon, in the museum library (Tickets available through Bay Chamber Concerts.)
  • Thursday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Oceanside West Honors Choir, in the museum library.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 1-3 p.m. Sruli and Lisa Family Klezmer Party, including traditional music and dance of Eastern Europe.

For more information on any of these events or programs, please contact the museum’s Special Events Manager Annie Brown at (207) 596-6457 ext.143. To register for the Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop please contact our Education Coordinator Kelly Finlay at


Mars Hall Celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

Carl Sublett at Mars Hall Gallery

“Red Barn” by Carl Sublett

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade soaps and honey products from Stone House Road Apiary, handmade cards by Ken Martin and Eleanor Zuccola, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, carved & painted decoys by Stephen Hill, turned & carved vessels by Dick Kelly, handmade Kozo paper Masks by Diane Green Hebert, mixed media sculpture by Jay Hoagland, Bill Cook, Priscilla Cross, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi, the Recycled Zoo by Brian Read, as well as knit scarves, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett, mixed media botanicals by Linda Funk, oil & acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith, Cali Vielleux, Barbara Major-Weaver and Ron Weaver and black and white photography by Antonia Small and Ken Martin. Martin will also be exhibiting silkscreen and wood block prints. Work by guest artists is also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road in Martinsville. For more info call (207) 372-9996 or (207) 372-8194 or visit or

Carver Hill Gallery opens “Cache Bar: Good Things in Small Packages”



blown glass ornaments by David Jacobson

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, announces “CACHE BAR: Good Things in Small Packages”. Participating artists include Anneli Skaar (beautiful tiny paintings in glass frame boxes), Ingrid Ellison (lovely layered paintings and collages informed by nature), Austin Smith (contemporary hand-cast porcelain with screen printed nautical charts), David Jacobson (blown glass ornaments), Kitty Winslow (dreamy paintings of the outside), Julia Dickenson (pearl, semi precious stone and gold/silver jewelry), Steve Gleasner (the coolest – and probably only – wood mugs you have ever seen) and MORE!

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call (207) 594-7745.

SevenArts Gallery Welcomes Newest Member

Dory Smith Graham of worthygoods has joined our Co-op!

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Acorn Ornament Set by Dory Smith Graham

SevenArts Gallery couldn’t be more excited to welcome Dory to the gallery! Dory brings a whole new vibe and medium to the shop with her impeccably sewn wearables and goods!
Dory launched her business worthygoods in 2008. She is an arbiter of Maine style; imagining, designing, fabricating, and distributing her wearable accessories for adults and children. Dory’s market is far reaching through her wildly successful Etsy site and the many fairs and shows she does across Maine. Dory’s line initially began when she became curious in trying to re-create a favorite hat. Dory discovered that learning the garment’s construction allowed her “inner designer” room to play. Textiles and fiber satisfied a deep craving for color and texture, thus her creativity blossomed into what it is today. Inspiration is found in her family’s activities. Frequent excursions out and about in Maine, its weather and landscape, provide limitless inspiration. Since those first hats, worthygoods has expanded to include a variety of sustainably made accessories, including fabulous bow ties, cozy texting mitts, adorable acorn ornaments and more.

Stop by the gallery to meet Dory and her work! She will be in the gallery most Thursdays and some Saturdays. You can visit her online shop worthygoods. To contact Dory, please email her at

SevenArts Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-5. Located downtown Ellsworth, 192 Main Street, in the Maine Grind building, first floor. Call (207) 667-1968 for more information.

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Art Space Gallery Opens “Bottles” December 5th


“Breakwater Vineyards” by Hannah Nelsbach

Art Space Gallery invites you to an opening reception on First Friday, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us to see new work by all 19 gallery artists.

This month gallery artists were given the challenge to create work with the
theme “Bottles”. Come visit and enjoy the wide interpretation in medium and
style of this interesting subject.

The range of styles and the quality of the artwork by Maine based artists
bring return customers time and again to Art Space Gallery. Join these art
appreciators between 5 and 8 pm on Friday, December 5th, and share a glass
of wine with many of the artists.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, directly across
the street from the Strand Theatre. December hours are Friday and Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the Gallery and our artists,
visit us at


“My Big Beautiful Blue Bottle” by Joan Wright

Jean Swan Gordon at Gleason Fine Art

Jean Swan Gordon at Gleason Fine Art

“Red and Yellow Poppies” by Jean Swan Gordon

We are pleased to announce that the family of the late Jean Swan Gordon has chosen Gleason Fine Art to represent the estate of the beloved East Boothbay artist. Gordon’s many admirers and collectors will be pleased to know that the artist’s estate contains a large number of the exquisitely drawn flower paintings that Gordon was so well known for creating. Please stop by Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor or check out the gallery’s website at to view Gordon’s paintings. Contact the gallery at (207) 633-6849 or email us at for further information.