Colby College Museum of Art begins “The Summer of Langlais”

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Bernard Langlais with model for Horse, 1966. Photograph by Martin Leifer, courtesy of the Colby College Museum of Art.

Visitors to Maine can experience a vast trove of more than 3,000 works of art by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977 b. Old Town, Maine) in more than 50 institutions and communities across the state as part of the new Langlais Art Trail.

Born in Old Town, Maine in 1921, Langlais is best known in his home state for the iconic 62-foot Abenaki Indian in Skowhegan. His work was inspired by the surrounding landscape and late in his career featured figurative reliefs of shore birds, raptors, horses, cows, bulls and other animals of rural and coastal Maine.

The Langlais Art Trail represents a collaboration between the Colby College Museum of Art and Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Wisconsin. A highlight of the Langlais Art Trail will be the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, owned and managed by the Georges River Land Trust. The preserve is a portion of the artist’s estate in Cushing and will be open to the public in fall 2014.

The Langlais Art Trail brings together the seven institutions on the Maine Art Museum Trail, as well as the Monhegan Memorial Library, Main Street Skowhegan, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, among others. Works by the artist include his wood sculptures, many of which are monumental in size.

In addition, the Colby College Museum of Art is presenting the first scholarly retrospective of the artist’s work, on view from July 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The exhibition was curated by Langlais Curator for Special Projects Hannah W. Blunt. More than 120 sculptures and reliefs, oil paintings on panel and canvas, and works on paper are featured in the show.

Around-4“Around Four,” ca. 1959−62, painted wood, 72 x 48 x 2 inches, Colby College Museum of Art, The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais. Photo: Pixel Acuity.

Langlais began his career as a painter in New York. However, his abstract reliefs in wood were the pieces that attracted the attention of the art world with exhibitions at the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1960, a solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1961 and the Whitney Museum’s 1962 Drawing and Sculpture Annual.

Disenchanted with the New York art scene, he returned to Maine in 1966 to the rural, coastal town of Cushing. Here he began to create monumental sculptures and three-dimensional pieces in wood. When his widow, Helen Friend Langlais, died in 2010, she left his 90-acre estate and a large bequest of his works to the Colby Museum.

While enjoying the Colby exhibit, Langlais Art Trail, and Maine Art Museum Trail, visitors also can enjoy great restaurants and other attractions nearby. Plan a trip by going online to visitmaine.com.

Richard Estes Retrospective at the PMA

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“Water Taxi” by Richard Estes

The Portland Museum’s Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of the urban landscape. This exhibition features 50 paintings ranging from Estes’ first New York City façades in the late 1960s to panoramic views of Mount Desert Island in the 2000s.

Widely viewed as a pioneering practitioner of photorealism, Estes’ sharply focused technique goes beyond the photographic to create complex constructions of light, reflection, and perspective. The paintings included in this exhibition provide undeniable insight into Estes’ equal interest in cities as well as the Maine coast and the woods on Mount Desert Island in particular. Several of Estes’ rarely seen portraits from such exotic places as Japan and Antarctica are also featured in the exhibition.

Born in 1932 and raised in central Illinois, Estes studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1952 to 1956. In 1959, he moved to New York City, where he has lived ever since. For several years, he worked in commercial publishing and advertising as a paste-up, layout, and illustration artist. In the mid-1960s, Estes began to paint from his own photographs, developing paintings that are rooted in Dutch, Venetian, and American representations of urban architecture. In 1978, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, organized the first major career survey of his work, which was followed by his 1991 retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Estes is considered the foremost practitioner of the international group of artists known loosely as photorealists, and has been celebrated for more than 45 years as one of the premier painters of American cityscapes. The exhibition will be on view through September 7. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org.

Swan Lake House/Garden Tour

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The Swan Lake House/Garden Tour will be held on August 2nd from 10-2. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments as well as 5 garden walks and 4 open houses.

Houses & Gardens included:

  • Sunnyside: a prominent Victorian cottage owned by the Simon-Fyfe family is considered one of the oldest on this lake. It is a beacon to all boaters with its red & white stripes, large front porch and slightly tilted barn. A tour of this cottage with its artistic features and the surrounding grounds will be enjoyed by all.
  • The Barclay House: a spacious & lovely year round house owned by Jim & Ann Barclay, built in 2002 sits among beautiful trees facing the lake with a large garden in the back. A guest house cabin with a rustic log interior is also a “must see” in the tour.
  • Blake & Katie Curtis are sharing their year round home and gardens also on the Eastside of the lake. Visitors will find a charming combination of house/cottage with a unique architecture design affording ample living space for a couple who likes to entertain. Gardens surrounding this home create a colorful backdrop.
  • On the Westside of the lake, visitors will have an opportunity to see the studio and art gallery of Dianne Horton, well known and respected local artist. Swan Lake, as well as the nearby ocean and small Maine communities, has provided inspiration for the artwork visitors will enjoy in her gallery. Informal flower gardens flank her property and set the tone for easy lake living.
  • Again on the Westside near the dam and boat launch, the Kerrigan Gardens are layered on the banks of the lake and include a large variety of local, lake loving plants along with interesting water features. Along the shoreline window boxes of annuals welcome visitors from the water.

Donations of $18.00 per person will be accepted; tickets are available at Swan Lake Grocery and at the boat launch on the day of the event.

Details: Boats will leave from the Boat Launch on the Westside of Swan Lake at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00. Those wishing to drive will find driving directions on the tickets.

Rain Date is August 3rd.

Proceeds will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project to keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.

gWatson Gallery presenting new paintings by Joel Janowitz

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gWatson Gallery in Stonington is presenting new paintings, watercolors and monotypes by Joel Janowitz from August 1 through August 23. Since 1984 Janowitz has spent time most summers on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay, where he stays in the Big House, the former summer home of Fairfield Porter. On the island, he paints, draws and gathers ideas for new work. The work in the exhibition at the gWatson Gallery represents his work from Great Spruce Head Island over the past twenty years.

Joel Janowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at Brandeis he studied with Philip Guston and Michael Mazur. His work is in the collections of many museums including Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. In 2013, Janowitz was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. For more information contact Irene Eilers at 367-2900.

Shaw Jewelry exhibtions + opening

shawShaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites the public to an Opening Reception 5 – 7 pm Thursday July 31.

Sam Shaw: Co-joined and Transmogrified
This is the third year of Sam’s exploration of rearranging our familiar body parts into beings not quite right. Most have the requisite arms and legs, but many seem to have a few extra parts, or parts in the wrong place. Fabricated from porcelain dolls, where the original intention of the doll makers walks over to the wild side.

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Chain Gang
Mostly linked necklaces and bracelets, but an eye-popping variety of materials and ideas of sequential links. This gang of artists makes sensuous, flexible jewelry that drapes and flows.

For more information visit shawwjewelry.com

 

Gleason Fine Art opens three new shows

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Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens three new shows on Thursday, July 31: “Tom Curry: Islands”, “Boats and Harbors: Paintings by William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, and David Witbeck,” and “George Pearlman: Pottery.” All three shows run through August 30, with a public reception for the artists on First Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm.

TOM CURRY: ISLANDS   Monet had his haystacks and Brooklin, Maine, artist Tom Curry has his Chatto Island. Rising 26 feet above the sea, Chatto is a dot in Blue Hill Bay. Yet it is this island, with its rising and falling tides, dramatic cloud formations, and ever- changing seas, that captivates Curry and provides an inexhaustible resource for his art. Curry’s tiny island is a constant in his compositions of two-thirds sky and one-third island.  “When we moved to Maine 20 years ago, I was blown away by so much sky,” says Curry. “I started right in on the idea of space. I began trying to get that feeling of the power of the sky and to get that sense of space.”

Curry’s painstaking technique begins with an oil or pastel sketch he makes in the field. In the studio, he translates the sketch onto a gessoed board, upon which he establishes the complementary colors he wants. Then he sands the entire surface. After the sanding, he using a palette knife to apply paint, softening the edges with paper towels. The finished painting possesses startling depth and transparency.

Considered one of Maine’s most important contemporary artists, Curry has recently been the subject of several articles, including one in the August issue of American Art Collector, and a book published by Down East Magazine. With “Islands,” Curry has given Gleason Fine Art, his primary New England gallery, a dozen new paintings, several of them monumental in size.

“Tom Curry: Islands,” as well as “Boats and Harbors: Paintings by William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, and David Witbeck” and “George Pearlman: Pottery,” opens July 31 and runs through August 30. The public is cordially invited to a reception for the artists on Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in the center of Boothbay Harbor. The gallery is open daily during the summer. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com,  or check out the gallery’s entire collection on its website gleasonfineart.com.

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts three August exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will host three exhibitions August 1 – 30 with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 1 from 5 – 8 p.m.

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“Lobster Blues” by Colin Page

Colin Page: Summer highlights Maine’s iconic summer scenes from his vantage point as a father in mid-coast Maine. The show includes landscape, still life and figure paintings.

Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, MD and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He transferred to Cooper Union with a concentration on painting. Upon graduation he lived in New York City for three years where he was an active member in the art world. In search of a more diverse landscape, Page moved to Maine where he found more time to devote to his art.

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Eric Hopkins: Atmospheres is punctuated by large-scale oil paintings of Maine’s coastline. With the eyes of an artist, the words of a poet, and the mind of a scientist, Eric Hopkins has engaged numerous people through his art and with his thoughts about life on this Big Blue Planet. He captures the dynamic forces and rhythms of nature in watercolors, oils, blown glass, mixed media, and photography. His vision focuses on the Big Picture of the natural world, geological and geographical forms, and the exchange of energy between Earth, Water, and Sky. From this intimate study of nature, Eric has developed a keen awareness of light, form, color, and pattern, which is reflected in all of his work.

“I was lucky enough to spend my early days on North Haven,” says Eric, “where my worldview consisted of roaming the woods, fields, shorelines and exploring the edges where land, water, and sky meet. I was drawn to shapes, spaces, patterns, and the rhythms of nature. I was and still am fascinated by the incredible variety of life forms and forces on this Planet.”

Eric is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. He has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Waterfall Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, and a number of galleries nationally.

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“Disc City” by Tadashi Moriyama

Tadashi Moriyama is a multi-media artist, working in painting and drawing, animation, and sculpture. Tadashi Moriyama was born and raised in Japan before moving to the United States in 2001. Moriyama studied at Tyler School of Art (BA 2003) and University of Pennsylvania (MFA 2006.) He has exhibited in Japan, Korea, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, and across the United States. He now lives and works in California.

Moriyama has been influenced by science and science fiction, medieval paintings from East and West, Buddhist philosophy and beyond. He strives to illustrate analogies across topics including cities and memories, dreams and myths, home and displacement.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

Crashing Waves and Textured Surfaces at George Marshall Store Gallery

The mid summer exhibitions at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery feature the work of three well-established New England artists. Wendy Turner from Kittery, Maine, is exhibiting a new body of large oil canvases called “Brave Boat Harbor Reflections.” Her paintings pair beautifully with sculptural vessels and platters by ceramic artist Paul Heroux. Completing the trio is the work of Vermont artist Mark Goodwin, who expresses his ideas through mixed media paintings, works on paper and small sculpture.

For the past forty years, Wendy Turner has painted with watercolor, pastel and most recently with oil. She has truly hit her stride with the medium in these large oils that include views of near-by Brave Boat Harbor and surroundings. She skillfully captures the clarity of seasonal light on the rocky shore and the energy of cresting waves in contrast to quiet tidal pools in the foreground. A visitor commented that “You can almost feel the temperature of the water and air; it is like you are standing right there with the water lapping your ankles.”

Besides her landscape views, Turner is also exhibiting five intricate paintings of close-up views of stacked lobster traps. It is not known if lobsters prefer the new colorful lobster traps that have replaced the traditional wooden and dark green ones, but it has been an inspiration to artists like Turner. There is nothing cliché about these trap paintings. They are a study in color and patterns that have a mesmerizing abstract quality.

Paul Heroux is a master ceramic artist living and working in Central Maine. He has recently retired after three decades as head of the ceramics department at Bates College and is enjoying dedicating time to his own work, exploring new forms, techniques and commissions. His work is sculptural, visibly strong, durable and is intended to invite touch and use. His lustrous glazes and surface decoration reference plant life, landscape and a number of other changing influences. He received his degrees from the Boston Museum of Fine Art and his work is included in numerous museums, corporations and private collections.

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“Indigo Sequence” by Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin’s canvases, works on paper and sculptural constructions are non-objective. He paints, draws, erases, scratches, folds, rubs and cuts various materials, creating works that seem to relay messages and have a sense of history and discovery.
There is a quiet elegance to his mark making and layering of materials. They are contemplative works that invite the viewer to spend time with.

The exhibitions continue through August 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

ASMA Fellow Loretta Krupinski joins Bayview Gallery

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“Cat Nap” by Loretta Krupinski

Bayview Gallery is pleased to announce that Loretta Krupinski has joined our roster of artists. Krupinski is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), a prestigious organization dedicated to the promotion of marine art and maritime history.

Loretta began her career in 1962 as an editorial illustrator for the New York newspaper, Newsday. She worked for about 25 years as a corporate illustrator before leaving that life to write and illustrate children’s books. The experience she gained and the techniques she learned as an illustrator provided a firm foundation for her transition to a marine artist. She has become well known for her realistic paintings of classic wood boats, lighthouses and harbor scenes.

Loretta now lives and works from her home in Thomaston, Maine. She paints the Maine coast and specializes in historical paintings. Using vintage photographs she records facets of a past way-of-life in seaports ranging from Belfast to Bath, as well as many of Maine’s island harbors. She brings archival black and white images to life in carefully researched, vibrantly colored, and painstakingly detailed compositions.

Enjoy the following photos of Loretta’s amazing work and the short descriptions of the pieces in her own words. As always, be in touch if you would like to add a piece to your collection or try one in your home on approval.

Northern Lights Gallery presents R. Keith Rendall

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Northern Lights Gallery in Belfast is pleased to represent the outstanding fine art of R. Keith Rendall. “I could not believe my eyes when I first saw Keith’s prints. I was not only taken by the complexity of form, the realism, and the fact that his experimental techniques transcend the medium taking us beyond our perceptions of the print, but in addition the scale is incredible. Visually interacting with life sized and sometimes larger than life creatures, absorbing all of their beauty, grace and sometimes-darker side is profound.”

“Images conceived and realized in intaglio and relief can be graced with truth,” says contemporary American artist R. Keith Rendall, whose large-scale woodcut prints on paper explore the elements and nature in unusual but moving form. With birds, especially waterfowl, as a reoccurring motif, Rendall’s works offer a mysterious entry point into the ancient rhythms of humanity. Rendered in stark relief with generous contrasts of light and dark, his semi-narrative works on paper offer a point of view and a point of departure. In Rendall’s latest series “The Aged and Unknown,” we see detailed renderings of birds and other mammals nestled in their natural habitats like majestic totems. Adopting the rich language of sign, myth, and metaphor to explore our human relationship to animals both high and low, his intricately rendered woodcuts simply glimmer with the resilience of ancient mother tongues.

R. Keith Rendall was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and currently lives and works on an old dairy farm in Wiscasset, Maine. He studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University and obtained a BFA from Kenyon College.

Of Our Bays and Estuaries is the third in our summer series of nature inspired fine art exhibitions. Northern Lights Gallery curator Karen Miles continues to bring together a profound body of work created by artists speaking clearly and beautifully about our planet without words. Northern Lights Fine Art Gallery is located at 33 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. They are open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 8 p.m.
Opening reception Friday, July 25, 2014 5 – 8 p.m. Exhibition runs through August 27th.
Call 207-338-3088 or email Karen@northernlightsgallery.org for more information.

“Annie Leibovitz” plays at Barn Gallery

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The 13th season of “Art Videos at the Gallery” continues Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the film Annie Leibovitz at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane at Shore Road in Ogunquit. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

For over two decades, Annie Leibovitz has been one of the world’s highest profile and most sought-after photographers and is one of the highest paid photographers working today. Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 2, 1949, the third of six children. Her father, Samuel Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the family moved frequently. She took her first pictures in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

In high school she began to write and play music and then studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. For several years she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs. In 1970 when she returned to the United States, she started her career as staff photographer for the just-launched Rolling Stone magazine. She became Chief Photographer in 1973 and worked for the magazine until 1983. Her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look. On December 8, 1980 she was to photograph John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone. Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be in the picture which she finally did. Leibovitz was the last person to photograph Lennon as he was shot and killed five hours later.

This documentary being shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit at 7:30 pm on Wednesday July 30 focuses on Leibovitz’s l life and career including Rolling Stone and drug addiction. Join her in Hawaii and Los Angeles as she follows up on her infamous cover portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore and another photo shoot of the actress clad only in body paint. Also, an interview with Leibovitz tells how she became a photographer and reveals the deep passion that drives her work.

The film will be shown on a full wall-size screen with discussion led by members of the Ogunquit Art Association. The film is shown in a delightful setting amid the exhibition of the art of the Ogunquit Art Association. Come early so there will be time to view the art on display.

Haynes Galleries presents “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine”

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“Against the Rocks” by Roger Dale Brown

Plein-air artist Roger Dale Brown brings his signature style to Haynes Galleries in a midsummer show showcasing larger and smaller works in “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Painted from life, Roger’s landscapes of midcoast Maine will be on view from July 31 thru August 30 at 91 Main Street in Thomaston. A reception to celebrate the opening will take place from 5 to 7:30 pm, July 31. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown, who calls Tennessee home, has traveled to Maine several times in the last few years to paint the state’s famous coastlines. Many of the new pieces in the exhibition were begun or inspired by his visit in 2013. He finds himself mesmerized by the charm, history, and natural beauty of Maine. “It has an old soul,” says Brown. “Artists are naturally drawn to it. It’s more spiritual.”

That spiritual, artistic quality is essential to Brown’s style and general approach to painting. He paints the places that speak to him, the ones that conjure some emotion. And he does so by painting from life amongst the elements that inspire him whenever possible.
Sometimes, though, certain elements make painting from life close to impossible. When scenic locations like Acadia National Park are packed with tourists or Brown wants to paint on a larger scale, paintings need to be completed later in Brown’s studio. To reproduce the ambiance, Brown looks over his written notes, his sketches, and plays videos he takes during his time at the original location. “The videos give you more than the visual,” says Brown. “You get sound and movement. It helps recreate the mood.”

To capture the beauty Brown sees in Maine, he employs a delicate mix of Impressionism and Realism. Each scene calls for a different technique. Brushstrokes can range from loose to tight, and color can be built up through thin layers to thick impasto— whatever is needed to conjure the feeling Brown himself felt that day. Each sweep of the brush is carefully considered, the result of Brown truly seeing what is before him and recognizing the colors and shapes that make up each vista.

The result is work that feels real, like you’re there standing amongst the sand, sea and and rocks. You can almost smell the saltwater and feel the warmth of the sun. In Out to Sea, viewers will feel like they’re watching dories go in and out of the harbor while the first light of day dances across the water.

“Maine is an artist’s dream,” says Gary R. Haynes, gallery founder and long-time friend of Brown’s. “Artists have come here for generations, but Roger’s looking at it from a new angle. He’s aware of the history of place, but he doesn’t let that distract from his vision. He wants to share the essence of the place in a fresh way and he does that beautifully.”
Transporting viewers to the moment he painted the beauty of nature before him is a skill Brown has acquired through years of painting en plein air. Committed to his craft, he never stops pushing himself. Brown is always looking to grow as an artist.

It’s paid off, too. Many of Brown’s oils have been juried into some of the top plein air and landscape shows in the country. One landscape was recently a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2013-2014 International Salon Competition. Brown is also a highly-sought after instructor, teaching workshops of his own all over the country.

“Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine” is a chance to savor the beauty that is Maine. It’s a chance to revisit an iconic terrain from a new perspective. And it’s a chance feel the emotion and experience the artistry of one of today’s top landscape artists.

Dennis Gleason Admitted to Appraisers Association of America

Gleason Fine Art is pleased to announce that Dennis Gleason has been admitted as a Certified Appraiser to The Appraisers Association of America in the area of 19th and 20th century American paintings. At this time, he is the only such-qualified appraiser in Maine. Established in 1949, the AAA is the premier national association of personal property appraisers specializing in the fine and decorative arts. Members serve public and private collectors alike to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes.

Admission requires successful completion of a 15-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), a course in Theory and Methodology of Appraising (both through New York University) as well as preparing sample appraisals for estate, donation, and insurance purposes and completing an all-day examination at the offices of the AAA in New York City.

Marty and Dennis Gleason established Gleason Fine Art in 1985, and in 1990 Dennis began doing appraisals as a member of the New England Society of Appraisers. Since that time, Dennis has done donation appraisals for gifts to the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, Monhegan Museum, and elsewhere. He has also done appraisals for artists’ estates, personal estates, and numerous retail replacement value appraisals for private collections.

New Era Gallery opens late summer show

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“Migration” installation (detail) by Kitty Wales

New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open on Saturday, August 9, featuring the work of Tom Lieber and Kitty Wales.

Tom Lieber’s abstract paintings and monotypes are informed by nature and meditations, reflecting his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas and paper. Explicitly painterly gestures overlay dense and layered backgrounds. His works are found in the permanent collections of several major public and private collections, including the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York, SF MOMA, and the Tate Modern in London. Lieber found his way to Vinalhaven in the 1980’s, through a connection with an influential teacher at the University of Illinois. For the past decade, he has resided in Hawaii and LA, but maintains a deep affection for this island.

Kitty Wales’ “Migration”, a multi-part installation, will have its debut in the Windy Way Barn. Described by the artist as a modern day fairy tale, the work is inspired in part by stories of the early navigators of the Marshall Islands. In that culture, navigational knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to those who had the gift; first learned by means of charts made of reeds, then committed to memory. The central life-sized figure in the installation is modelled after a drawing entitled “The Wife of Jacques Meyer” by Dutch Renaissance artist Hans Holbein the Younger. It is constructed of found and donated old wooden chair parts over welded steel. Her headdress obscures her outward vision; as she travels with her troop of animal companions, she looks inwardly to find her way. Wales has summered on the island since early childhood, and maintains a studio here where she returns each year. She currently teaches sculpture at Boston University.

The show runs through August 27. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Landing Gallery announces new paintings by Irma Cerese

Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. in Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “COLOR VISION,” a solo exhibition of 54 new paintings by Irma Cerese from Aug 1 to Sept 28. Please join us in the gallery and meet Irma on Friday, Aug 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Artists’ Opening Reception during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

The landscape paintings in this exhibit border on the abstract. Cerese’s work has the ability to be seen simultaneously as both representational and nonfigurative, achieving a perfect balance between realism and abstraction. Color is the primary focus of Cerese’s painting. Color relationships and the effects they create are the underlying foundation of Cerese’s work. The paintings in this exhibit explore the use of color, engaging the viewer, as a means to develop a visual dialogue.

Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Irma’s paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. This will be Irma’s eleventh solo show in Rockland, Maine.

Farnsworth Hosts Book Signing with Artist Jamie Wyeth

 

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On Thursday, August 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a book signing with artist Jamie Wyeth and Susan Goldman Rubin, author of the new book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family. The book signing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center at the corner of Union and Grace Streets, in Rockland.

The book Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family, by Susan Goldman Rubin, is published by Chronicle Books. In this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin shares the fascinating story of the Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—three generations of painters and arguably the First Family of American Art. The accessible text traces the events that shaped their art and the ways their art influenced them in return, while the crisp design showcases gorgeous reproductions of the works that have made the Wyeth family legendary.

Both the author and artist Jamie Wyeth will be available to sign copies of the book as well as prints and other items. Only sign two items will be signed per person. This event is free, and no reservations will be taken.

Music Wraps Around Wiscasset Art Walk on July 31

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, July 31, from 5 – 8 p.m. The all-brass Breakers Jazz Band starts the evening with an outdoor concert on the Creamery Pier beginning at 5 p.m. At the other end of the Village, Lynn Deeves plays on the Wiscasset Common later in the evening. In between these two music locales, stroll the Village streets for fine art, music in the galleries, antiques, specialty shops, and other special events. What a chance for residents and visitors from away to explore some of the unique places and meet some of the local artists who make Wiscasset Village such a satisfying destination!

The Breakers Jazz Band, with musicians from throughout the mid-coast, brings a big and joyous sound to the Pier. You’ll be tapping, clapping, and swaying to the sounds of this 20-piece orchestra as they play traditional jazz tunes with their own unmistakable touch!

While on the Pier, take a look at the art work of guest artist Elaine Niemi. She lives in Friendship and works in acrylics using a technique she calls ‘erasing.’ She applies color and then uses a brush to erase the color around the object she sees in the painting. Her work has been referred to as spontaneous and ‘outsider;’ her fans collect her and love her! Niemi says her art is always upbeat and never that “dark broody stuff.”

Wiscasset Bay Gallery is hosting classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo. In addition to his fine playing, the local musician is a master of stringed instrument making, including the guitar he’ll be playing during Art Walk.

In John Sideli Fine Art, local retired dentist and accomplished musician Jeff Grosser plays continental accordion for the pleasure of gallery visitors. Guest artists and artisans will be exhibiting throughout the Village.

Mac’s Place hosts rug hooker Diane Langley. She lives on Westport Island and is a third generation rug hooker. She grew up surrounded by beautiful rugs made by her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather made several original patterns for her grandmother, including ‘Hollyhocks, which Langley will bring to Art Walk. (While in Mac’s Place, take a look at the all-original Paint By Numbers exhibit on the wall, curated by collector John Sideli!)

Sarah’s Café becomes a gallery with the encaustic paintings of Ken Eason. His paintings express abstract thought, emotion, and mood and are heavily influenced by the nature around him. He lives on the water which inspires him to integrate the blues and greens of the lake, ocean, and woods – seen abstractly in his paintings. “I am interested in the relationships between color and texture and use techniques that incorporate the use of brushes, pallet knives, spatulas, rags and many other tools to bring out the expressive point that I am looking for.”

Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell will be on hand in Treats to show his art and talk with guests. Mat began painting as a child; since the 1980s, he’s been painting iconic Maine images like cows in pastures, dwellings, and figures from Maine folklore. (After talking with Mat, be sure to step into the back room for Treats’ excellent selection of wines to taste.)

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Erik Minzner at the easel.

Alna sculptor and board game designer Aaron Weissblum exhibits his rustic tables and other wood carvings in 106 Main. While some of Alan’s work is practical and useful, he also creates the odd, whimsical, and fanciful. The sidewalks will be pulsing with art as well. Plein air artist Erik Minzner sets up his easel to paint a Village scene. William Paul, creator of custom-made jewelry using elegant Swarovski crystals, will be demonstrating his skills under a tent at 106 Main. Earlier in the day, pastel artist Anne Heywood’s summer retreat students paint throughout the town.

Is it Christmas in July at Butterstamp Workshop? Owners Lois and David Kwantz are offering selections from their life-long Santa collection for sale.

The Wiscasset Art Walk celebrates the community’s history, too. Take a peek inside the fabulous Nickels-Sortwell House to see the gorgeous winding staircase, the wood moldings hand-carved to look like rope, the skylight directing natural light into the center of the mansion. Wiscasset Museum in the Street plaques throughout the town illustrate the local shipping industry, the 18th century architecture, and the nuances of town life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

To complete the Wiscasset Art Walk experience, save a few moments for the Alive on the River concert, located on Wiscasset Common, listening to Lynn Deeves playing acoustic folk and blues from 6 – 8 p.m. You’ll see families with blankets, bikers, folks with picnic dinners. The concert series is organized by the Wiscasset Chamber of Commerce; the Deeves performance is sponsored by Sprague’s Lobster Bake and Friends of the Wiscasset Art Walk. Undecided where to go first? Pick up a map listing this month’s Art Walk participants, all within a comfortable strolling distance, at any of the Village shops marked with colorful balloons. Guest artists and musicians are showcased on the map, as are the evening’s special events. Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Four New Exhibitions Open at CMCA

Four new exhibitions will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport with a reception from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. The exhibitions include Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire, Tom Burckhardt: Recent Work, Ron Leax: The Natural History of Georgetown, and Elizabeth Fox: Played to Win. The reception is free and open to all.

Painter Betsy Eby fuses the line between musical and visual composition in her work. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” Painting with Fire features recent paintings that use encaustic, an ancient process by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has refined the technique, composing dynamic surfaces and deep, luminous spaces that hover between material and immaterial worlds as they do the worlds of sight and sound. Eby lives with her artist husband Bo Bartlett on Wheaton Island in Maine and in Columbus, Georgia. Her work has been shown by the Georgia Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum, and Winston Wachter Fine Art in their galleries in Seattle and New York.

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“Tear Your Playhouse Down” by Tom Burckhardt

Tom Burckhardt: Recent Work includes a selection of the artist’s new abstract paintings on cast plastic, as well as Elements of Painting, a large-scale wall installation comprised of individual oil paintings on discarded book pages. For the new paintings, Burckhardt begins by creating a faux “canvas” support from plastic resin poured into a handmade mold – complete with stretcher bars on the back and tromp l’oeil painted thumbtacks and canvas folds along the sides. From these false beginnings, Burckhardt creates complex, imaginative, and subtly humorous compositions that question the very nature of painting and what is real and unreal. A graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and State University of New York at Purchase, Burckhardt lives and works in Maine and New York. He has had more than 20 solo exhibitions.

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Amidst the natural forces of his home in Georgetown, Maine, Ron Leax is both artist and naturalist. The sculptor puts his early biology training to use in his new body of flat works entitled The Natural History of Georgetown, a series of mixed-media drawings that document natural processes and artful human interference. Leax’s art questions how we come to know and order nature — not without some artistic humor to its scientific seriousness. Leax is also the Halsey C. Ives Professor of Art at Washington University. His exhibition history extends nationally and internationally, and he has received numerous grants.

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“The Drop” by Elizabeth Fox

In Played to Win, artist Elizabeth Fox’s most recent series of paintings, everything is not as it first appears. Ripe with tension and innuendo, exactly what is happening in these small-scale narratives is never made explicitly clear. With their muted color palette and deceptively straightforward style, Fox’s tautly rendered mini-dramas are rich with nuance and biting social commentary. After 18 years in New Orleans, Fox moved to Maine following Hurricane Katrina. She has exhibited her work in New York, New Orleans, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, and in the Netherlands.

The exhibitions will be on view through September 20. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

Farnsworth offers special tour of “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea”

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“On the Deep Sea” by Walter Dean

On Friday, August 1, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of the current “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea” exhibition by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, who curated the show. The special tour will begin at the museum’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland and is free with museum admission.

The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The Wyeths’ interests have included the coast’s dramatic shoreline and islands, including Monhegan, the lives of fishermen and farmers, and the boats, houses, barns, lighthouses and other structures scattered throughout the midcoast. Their interest in these subjects is part of a long-standing tradition of work done by artists and artisans in Maine since the eighteenth century. In addition to works by the Wyeths, the exhibition also includes a selection of paintings by James G. Babbidge, George Bellows, Walter Dean, James Fitzgerald, Rockwell Kent, Fitz Henry Lane, William Edward Norton, William Pierce Stubbs, Frederick Waugh, and Andrew Winter; and a selection of ship models that include the Red Jacket clipper ship, the seven master schooner Thomas Lawson, and the only known ship model by John Haley Bellamy.

Every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m., throughout July and August, museum staff will give special gallery tours of specific exhibitions. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and no advance reservations are required. For more information about upcoming special gallery tours, or other Farnsworth Art Museum programming, please visit the museum’s website or call the Education Department at (207) 596-0949.

Swan Lake House and Garden Tour on August 2

The Swan Lake House/Garden Tour will be held on August 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments as well as 5 garden walks and 4 open houses.

Houses & Gardens featured:
Sunnyside: a prominent Victorian cottage owned by the Simon-Fyfe family is considered one of the oldest on this lake. It is a beacon to all boaters with its red & white stripes, large front porch and slightly tilted barn. A tour of this cottage with its artistic features and the surrounding grounds will be enjoyed by all.

The Barclay House: a spacious & lovely year round house owned by Jim & Ann Barclay, built in 2002 sits among beautiful trees facing the lake with a large garden in the back. A guest house cabin with a rustic log interior is also a “must see” in the tour.
Blake & Katie Curtis are sharing their year round home and gardens also on the Eastside of the lake. Visitors will find a charming combination of house/cottage with a unique architecture design affording ample living space for a couple who likes to entertain. Gardens surrounding this home create a colorful backdrop.

On the Westside of the lake, visitors will have an opportunity to see the studio and art gallery of Dianne Horton, well known and respected local artist. Swan Lake, as well as the nearby ocean and small Maine communities, has provided inspiration for the artwork visitors will enjoy in her gallery. Informal flower gardens flank her property and set the tone for easy lake living.

Again on the Westside near the dam and boat launch, the Kerrigan Gardens are layered on the banks of the lake and include a large variety of local, lake loving plants along with interesting water features. Along the shoreline window boxes of annuals welcome visitors from the water.

Donations of $18.00 per person will be accepted; tickets are available at Swan Lake Grocery and at the boat launch on the day of the event.

Details: Boats will leave from the Boat Launch on the Westside of Swan Lake at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.. Those wishing to drive will find driving directions on the tickets.

Rain Date is August 3rd.

Proceeds will benefit the Certified Boat Inspection Project to keep invasive plants out of Swan Lake.

“Cliff Notes” by Sarah Doremus on display at Isalos Fine Art

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“The Buddhist Quartet” by Sarah Doremus

“Cliff Notes,” an exhibit of work by Sarah Doremus, will be on display at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington from July 30 through August 17, with a First Friday artist’s reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Doremus, creates sculpture and jewelry, often blurring the line between the two, using found objects and metals. This show will feature a series of three-dimensional pieces interpreting philosophical concepts, sometimes humorously. Doremus, who claims to think with her hands, aspires to “poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition,” referencing influences as diverse as Kafka, Maya Angelou and Buddha. With Fine Arts degrees from Massachusetts College of Art and Northeastern, Doremus has exhibited and taught extensively around North America, and now lives in Deer Isle.

The artist’s reception is free and open to the public, taking place in conjunction with Stonington Galleries First Friday, featuring eight studios and galleries. For more information visit isalosfineart.com  or call 367-2700.