Animals Steal the Show at Haynes


Kinstler_George2“George” by Everett Raymond Kinstler, oil on board, 15″ by 24″

As a special treat during the summer season, Haynes Galleries proudly presents “Fur, Feathers & Friends,” a vignette show of animal-inspired artwork by 20th century masters & contemporary Realists. It features paintings & photographs of a diverse range of subjects from friendly pets to exotic beasts. The show continues until August 8 as part of the Upstairs at Haynes series.

Artists have been painting animals for millennia, from ancient cave paintings to modern classics. Every type of animal has been painted, photographed, and sculpted. Contemporary realists have continued the fine tradition leading to some of the most unexpectedly intriguing artworks created in recent years. The artworks in Haynes Galleries’ show will cover a range of styles and approaches, from naturalistic studies to whimsical compositions.

For portraitist & plein air painter Marc Dalessio, having his dog Emma in the studio as he works is commonplace. For years, the artist had wanted to paint the dog’s beautiful black coat and pointed ears but she never sat still long enough. But then one afternoon in the studio, she hopped up onto a stool next to Marc and sat for 5 minutes, striking different poses the whole time. The resulting portrait presents Emma as a noble, sophisticated creature.

T.J. Cunningham has been interested in incorporating animals, both wild and domestic, into his landscapes for the last several years. In A Many Long Years Ago he tackles one of the most historic and notoriously difficult animals to paint— a horse— and accomplishes it superbly. Cunningham says the goal for the painting was to “portray the disheveled farm scene in a haphazard yet sound manner.”

One of America’s most respected modern portrait artists, native New Yorker Everett Raymond Kinstler turned his attention to his dog George one day in 1969. Even though it is a sketch, George has all the qualities of a completed Kinstler portrait: energetic brushstrokes, careful coloration, and an attention to the character of the subject as much as the physical characteristics.

Not all the representations will be of living animals. David Brega’s Carousel is a loving portrait of a weathered carousel horse, beautifully painted in profile. The faded and chipped paint on the wooden horse reveals the years that have passed since it was shiny and new but also hint at the many joyous rides the horse once provided.


“Wilbur and His Ladies” by T. Allen Lawson, oil on linen board, 28″ by 28″

Raised in Wyoming and living in Maine, T. Allen Lawson is in tune with the poetic beauty of the rural American landscape. His paintings of small farms and the animals that live on them shows everyday scenes from compelling angles. Wilbur and his Ladies captures a charming scene of a donkey and some chickens sharing a meal but does so with an artistic sensibility that reveals enduring truths of rural life.

This show is a chance to broaden the definition of what it means to feature animals in fine art today. So escape to Upstairs at Haynes for yet another exceptional show from Haynes Galleries.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit or email

Black Bear Fine Art Gallery showing Nudelman & Duffy

nudelman-scanProlepsis by Stuart Nudelman. 16” x 20″

Don Gorvett’s Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is opening an exhibition with the works of two artists, July 19th 1-4pm, “Homage to a Photographer: Stuart Nudelman” and  “Recent Works of Sculptor William Duffy.”

Homage to Stuart Nudelman regards a nationally recognized abstract photographer along with William F. Duffy, a nationally recognized sculptor presenting new works along with an artist’s talk on July 19th 1-4pm. The show will run three weeks. Refreshments will be served.

Stuart Nudelman, Oct. 6, 1931 – March 28, 2014, is recognized for realizing pure shape, form and color of common objects around us and presenting these images as abstractions through color photography. Nudelman’s work inspires introspective thinking, creativity and is still, as throughout the artist’s life, promoting photography as a fine art.  A lifelong photographer, Nudelman was the Ogunquit Art Association’s first juried photographer, and whose career(s) revolved around the art world as an education administrator in New York, photojournalist and an arts columnist for the York County Coast Star in York Maine. This show coincides with the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration between museums and galleries.


duffy:Sphere1Emerging Figures by William F. Duffy

William Duffy, a sculptor from the mid-Atlantic region, who’s large-scale public work explores the universality of the human form and its relationship to the environment will exhibit his new work. Over the past fifteen years, Duffy has been exploring the underlying forms in nature and exposing the intrinsic elegant geometries through abstract mathematical concepts. Mr. Duffy will be giving a talk about his new work. “Both artists are extremely visionary in their points of view and are masters of their mediums. The works in this show represent a lifelong exploration of the abstract one observes in recognizable imagery,” explains Mr. Gorvett.

Black Bear Fine Art Gallery features the large reduction woodcuts, drawings and paintings of  Don Gorvett as well as significant historic and contemporary artists. Black Bear Fine Art Gallery is holding exhibitions throughout the summer and into November. Don Gorvett conducts workshops, residencies and internships throughout the year. We are open daily and welcome appointments. The gallery is located at 100B Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME.  For more information about Don’s work or gallery activities. Please email or call Vivienne at, or 603.436.7278

Islesford Dock Gallery opens “Lesia Socher: How Do I Look?”


The Islesford Dock Gallery is highlighting the paintings of Lesia Socher with “How Do I Look?” during the month of July. Lesia Socher’s forms and colors work as fascinating designs in themselves and as statements provoking another look and lingering thoughts. Originally inspired by wooden spools of thread connecting her to her female ancestors, these newest pieces are a natural evolution, painted in thin layers of oil on sewing pattern paper. Thoughts fly – designers, issues, clothes, Oscar Wilde. But the pieces, in the end, stand alone, some quiet, some bold, all asking you to look.

Located on Little Cranberry Island, along with the Islesford Dock Restaurant, there are ferries from Northeast and Southwest Harbor. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm. (207) 266-5464

Kingman Gallery Exhibits New Work By Lynn Karlin

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“Inspired By Nature” featuring new still life photographs by Lynn Karlin will be on view at the Kingman Gallery through August 2. Lynn Karlin,  a graduate of New York’s Pratt Institute and the first woman photographer at Women’s Wear Daily is already internationally known for her stunning photographs of Maine gardens.

In recent years Karlin has turned to the still life, creating photographic images celebrating vegetables, fruits, and flowers that exemplify the beauty of the seasons.  She has been awarded the 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron prize in the still-life category.  “Squash Blossoms,” the winning photograph from the artist’s new series, has also been selected into the juried exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass.  In 2013 her work was featured prominently at the prestigious James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village. In 2014, Karlin won the 9th Annual London International Competition for still-life photography and Best of Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

The Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center District Crossroad, Deer Isle, Maine 04627
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 5.  More information at

Bonilla + White Reception at Star Gallery July 16


Vernal Fall NP, Yosemite, USA by Mayra Bonilla

An Artist Reception featuring the photography of Mayra Bonilla + hand-hooked rugs of Melina White takes place Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Star Gallery, 6 Neighborhood Road, Northeast Harbor.

Born in Costa Rica, Mayra Bonilla says, “I always felt a deep attraction for nature and dedicated a great deal of time to exploring and taking photos in natural areas around the world. My photography is inspired by my love of nature and I am continually seeking new forms and techniques to express this love. I hope my images carry a heartfelt message about our human and moral obligation to be stewards of nature’s extraordinary works.”

Learn more about Bonilla at

In the past few years, Melina White of Seal Harbor Rug Co. has become a distinctive voice in the art scene of Mount Desert Island, Maine. White began her journey to superior rug hooking at the Inchbald School of design in London, England, where she studied garden design. From there she went on to study rug hooking at the famed McAdoo Company in Vermont where she discovered her natural affinity for fabric arts. While still in Vermont she owned and operated a ski hat company called Mountain Ladies and Ewe.


Hand-hooked lobster rug by Melina White

About ten years ago White returned to her two primary passions, rug hooking and Mount Desert Island, where she designs, creates and exhibits her rugs to a growing number of admirers and customers. Check out White’s work at

For more information about Star Gallery, call (207) 276-3060

July/August Happenings at Portland Museum of Art

Farnsworth---Turkey-PondAndrew Wyeth’s “Turkey Pond”

“Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail” is a special exhibition that presents highlights of Maine’s art history from the state’s most-renowned museums. From 19th-century realism to American modernism to contemporary photography, this eclectic exhibition of Maine’s best-known artists includes work by Lois Dodd, Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, Andrew Wyeth, and more—all under one roof, together for the first time, and only at the Portland Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 20.

“A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection” showcases the exquisite collection of 15 American paintings amassed by longtime museum Trustee and patron Dr. Walter Goldfarb and his late wife, Marcia. While you might recognize some of these works—the Goldfarbs generously donated several paintings to the museum and lent others for display in our galleries—this exhibition presents the rare opportunity to explore this jewel-like collection in depth. The exhibit is on display until Sunday, November 8.


Rose Marasco’s “Projection”

Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years. The photographs in “Rose Marasco: index,” on display until Sunday, December 6, is the latest in the Circa series at the PMA,. The photographs are stunning and display extraordinary range, encompassing everything from her images of the urban environment to her unexpectedly poetic response to the natural worlds. It is this diversity of both subject and technique that has long characterized Marasco’s artistry.

Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests: On Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m.:
“The Fascinating Occupants of the McLellan House” by Barbara Schenkel.  Saturday, August 1 at1 p.m.: “Louise Nevelson” by Linda Frinsko.  Saturday, August 8 at 1 p.m.:
“Lurching Toward Photorealism: Modern and Post-Modern Art from Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail” by Mary Collins and David Karraker.”

ThirdThursPMA happens on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., is open to the public, and is included in your museum admission—which is always free for members. Stay up late with the PMA as we keep our galleries open until 9 p.m., allowing ThirdThursPMA partygoers after-hours viewings of our extensive collection and special exhibitions.

Thursday, July 16: “The Creative Spark”
July’s ThirdThursPMA toasts summer in Maine and the initial creative spark that can lead to dazzling fireworks. Our partners for the evening, The Libra Foundation, brings hundreds of interns to the state every year with its Summer in Maine program to show some of America’s brightest young minds the beauty and inspiration that Maine presents. From the major exhibition Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail to the music of some of Portland’s best DJs out in the Joan B. Burns Garden to events and activities aimed at sparking your imagination, this evening offers a relaxed social atmosphere and an entire state’s worth of inspiration.

Thursday, August 20: “AIGA’s Cocktails and Creatives”
This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to rub elbows Maine’s creative community. Listen to bluegrass in the Joan B. Burns Garden, connect with new people, and explore the PMA galleries.


Fun at PMA Summer Celebrations

Upcoming Summer Celebrations include: Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m.
Contemporaries Midsummer Party: Contemporaries members and their guests are invited to celebrate the summer at the PMA with this annual cocktail party. Enjoy a private viewing of Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail and mingle with friends new and old over drinks and food at the PMA. Free for Contemporaries members/$25 for non-members. Tickets available online prior to event.

On Wednesday, August 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. is Director’s Circle Summer Lawn Party
Members of the Director’s Circle and their guests are invited to the inaugural Director’s Circle Summer Lawn Party. Join us, old friends and new, as we toast the summer season with live music, specialty cocktails and inspired hors d’oeuvres. For more information, contact:Betsy Critchfield at or (207) 699-4987.

PAM is located at 7 Congress Square, Portland. To find out about additional summer events at PAM and for more information, visit



Caldbeck Gallery’s New Shows + Artist Reception

ND7A6098 Cormorant GroupDan West’s “Swimming Cormorants,” 2015  paint/wood

The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open new shows on Wednesday, July 15 for artists Dan West of Friendship, Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Stew Henderson of Northport, and Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC.  A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibitions run through Saturday, August 15.

Working with natural and found materials, Dan West creates simple, pure forms.  In this show, titled “Drifting”, work made over the past year includes birds and other animals, all inspired from wood that was first shaped by the sea, and then finished by the artist.  Since his childhood years on Martha’s Vineyard, he has studied wildlife wherever he found it: in the woods, marshes, backwaters and open water, from Martha’s Vineyard on up the coast to Nova Scotia, where he finds profound inspiration in the wild coastal habitats, its fish, and its saltwater birds. West moved to Friendship ME in 2000, finding more treasure troves of driftwood and other seaborne objects on the islands in Muscongus Bay.  Every fall he and his wife, Kyra, travel to Advocate, Nova Scotia, on the Bay of Fundy. Porting his chain saw, West collects raw materials from the mountains of driftwood that accumulate on Advocate’s three-mile barrier beach, and drives it back to his Friendship studio.  There, the transformations take place.

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Katherine Bradford’s “Back Dive,” 2015  acrylic on canvas  16″ x 12″

In her first Caldbeck solo show, Katherine Bradford will exhibit a group of intimately scaled paintings that reflect her long-standing visual conversation with the water, boats, swimmers, piers, and coves on the coast of Maine.  Imbued with fog and salty air, these marine paintings seek to convey the feeling of a life lived in close proximity to water.  The paintings in this show are acrylic and or oil on canvas or panel, ranging in size from 8 x 10 inches to 30 x 30 inches.  Bradford moved to Maine in 1968, where she lived and painted for 11 years.  She now divides her time between Brunswick ME and Brooklyn NY.

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Stew Henderson’s “DBP7,” 2014  mixed medium   33″ x 24 1/2″

Stew Henderson will install a body of work in the stairway hall of the gallery building, creating an environment of  “dapping block” prints, which are made of printed shapes and collage on a sanded acrylic surface, on paper.  Henderson borrows his daughter’s dapping blocks, tools she uses in her jewelry making, to make these “print mosaics”, where patterns from the inked blocks play on the colors of the acrylic coated papers.  Gallery and museum shows include the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Icon Contemporary Art, and Unity College.  He has shown with the Caldbeck since 1984.

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Lois Dodd’s “Black Hollyhock,” 1990  oil on aluminum  7″ by

Lois Dodd will share a gallery space with Frederic Kellogg; both will show small paintings.  Dodd’s are painted in oil on aluminum, and Kellogg’s are painted in watercolor on paper.  Both artists focus on local subject matter.  Kellogg has exhibited widely in Maine and Washington, D.C.  Permanent collections include the Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, MBNA Bank, and law and financial firms in Boston and Washington, D.C.  She has shown with the Caldbeck since 2007.

Gallery  hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.  For information, please call the gallery at (207) 594 5935.

Farmland, Farmers, + Farming

Amy Pollien PRF March Thaw2Amy Pollien, at Peggy Rockefeller Farm, Bar Harbor: “March Thaw”

In the cold fall of 2014, a handful of artists took their sketch books and cameras and ventured out onto a couple of farms preserved by Maine Farmland Trust: Buckle Farm in Unity, and Rolling Acres in Jefferson. It was the beginning of a nine-month project coordinated by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast and the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, connecting approximately forty artists with twenty Maine farms.

This week, the project will reach its grand finale with two exhibits opening in Belfast and Damariscotta. The show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be on display through Wednesday, August 19 with  an Art Walk Friday July 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Damariscotta exhibit will take place at the Firehouse Center of the Falcon Foundation, through Monday, September 7.

Many of the participating farms are properties protected with agricultural easements. These include, among others, Two Coves Farm in Harpswell, The Buckle Farm  in Unity, Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, David’s Folly in Brooksville, Rolling Acres in Jefferson, Dooryard Farm in Camden, and  Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren.  For a complete list of farms please visit

Curators David Dewey (Falcon Foundation) and Anna  Abaldo (Maine Farmland Trust Gallery) each invited approximately twenty artists to participate. “We never intended this project to be quite so substantial,” smiled Abaldo. “But almost all the artists we invited said yes.” The curators credit artists’ love for Maine’s rural landscape in general, and their enthusiasm to support the farmland preservation efforts of the Trust in particular.

Artists were invited to observe, paint, write, sketch, photograph, maybe even help with farm chores. Some of the work was done on the farm “en plein air.” Other work was created in the studio, a composite from various impressions harvested over the course of several months.

Upon completion of their work, each artist wrote a statement to summarize their experience, and to comment on the relevance of using art to advocate for farming. In the words of artist Barbara Sullivan, who painted Weston Farm in Madison: “Artists have always through time pointed out beauty and what is important. I feel the role of the artist is to fortify farming in general and to revere it –it is paramount for our food futures which I believe are in danger.”


Linda Packard, at Buckle Farm, Unity: “Orchard Tangle”

The impressive artist line-up features some well-known names such as Lois Dodd, Dennis Pinette, Bjorn Runquist, Linda Packard, Judy Belasco, Nancy Glassman, Rose Marasco, Ed Nadeau, Sharon Yates, Frances Hynes, Amy Pollien, Lou Schellenberg, Paul Rickert and Jill Hoy. Each exhibit also includes one or more paintings by the late Joseph Fiore, an avid supporter of the Trust during his lifetime. For the entire list of participating artists, and to find out where their work will be shown (Belfast versus Damariscotta) please visit

There will be a celebratory farm-to-table dinner Friday July 17 at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. Those interested in dining with some of the artists and farmers can purchase tickets through Maine Farmland Trust by calling the office at (207)338-6575.

Maine Farmland Trust and the Falcon Foundation thank the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, and the Caldbeck Gallery and Dowling-Walsh Gallery in Rockland for generously sharing several of their represented artists.

Art Celebrates the Spirit of Maine

20325_1590083247922445_6678986352159820241_nNancy Greindl’s photographs are on display with the work of 8 other artists

Orr’s Island, Maine-Little Pond Gallery is open for the season with another exhibit of outstanding work by Maine artists, along with new, extended hours. Ruth Hartman, the gallery’s co-owner and curator, as well as an accomplished jewelry-maker, continues her mission to support established artists by creating a unique, beautiful setting for them to show their work.

Located at 23 Shoreline Road, Little Pond Gallery is in the heart of the house Hartman and her husband, sculptor Jon Fernans share. Hartman curates an evolving, eclectic collection that reflects her love of Maine, visually drawing attention to our state’s many charms and to the way in which these talented artists view their world.

This month’s featured artists are Angie B. Blevins, who has created vivid pen and ink drawings of the Maine woods; outdoor photographer Nancy Greindl; artist and sculptor Rebekah Raye, and ceramist Autumn Cipala.

Little Pond Gallery is open seven days a week, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or contact the gallery at (207) 833-3210.

Annual Summer Exhibit at Widgeon Cove

Widgeon Cove StudiosThe Gallery at Widgeon Cove will celebrate 27 years with the annual summer exhibition of gallery artist’s work. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, July 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery artist Condon Kuhl, who has his work in museum and private collections, including the Columbus Museum of Art, is represented by ancient themes applying a unique style in pastels. Monhegan Island’s rugged shoreline is suggested in vivid bas-relief paintings with handmade paper, as well as watercolors and monotypes by Georgeann Kuhl. Recently, both artists were featured in a two—person show at the University of Maine, Machias.
Other gallery space is dedicated to sculpture, jewelry, handmade books and gifts. Gallery at Widgeon Cove is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 5 p.m. or watch for the open flag along Route 123, Harpswell. For more information, visit

Bold Colors Leap from iPad to Canvas

What Spring Does With Cherry Trees2Russell D’Alessio’s “What Spring Does with Cherry Trees”

Russell D’Alessio, a nationally acclaimed contemporary painter, printmaker, and photographer announced this week that he will unveil several new works of art celebrating “Love in the Spring,” an important new series of work in this artist’s career.  The public is invited to a Champagne Opening Reception takes place at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor on Friday, August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

These unique pieces are the product of almost a year of the artist’s work and the experiences of a road trip from Maine to Mexico.

Returning home with hundreds of photographs, drawings, thoughts, and impressions he began exploring the concept of combining these mixed medias and elements, composing imagery from the inspirations he had gathered.

Like the works of artist David Hockney, D’Alessio’s self-expression of experiences through the power of color, texture and the narrative he has embraced the new technologies of iPads’s Brushes Application combined with the traditional medium of paint and brush, creating one of a kind original works on paper and canvas

Working on this series during one of the coldest, snow covered winters in Maine’s history, he realized he had left spring in Mexico.  Presenting “Somewhere It’s Spring.”

About the artist:  Russell D’Alessio, a nationally renowned contemporary artist whose work is known for its vivid and bright depictions of the figurative. He is a regular presence in the media, whose clients include both private and institutional collectors.

The show runs through August.  Images or additional information of the work is available at:!preview-somewhere-its-spring/csdd

DIAA Gallery Artist Reception July 12

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“In This Boat Together,” is a new exhibit at Deer Isle Arts Association Gallery. An Artist Reception takes place Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show features a wide range of work, all addressing this same theme. Local artists participating in this show include Don Bardole, Rosalind Ellen Bridges, Jill Finsen, Amber Gentry, Cathy Hart, William Lukens, Walter Smalling, Roz Summer, Tracy Van Buskirk, Hub White, and Alice Wilkinson.

New to the DIAA this summer is Amber Gentry, an intern from Tennessee, who has made her mark at the gallery by helping coordinate and hang this season’s shows. A skillful artist herself, Gentry designs pottery that is both visually appealing and practical in nature. With this show, painter Jill Finsen returns to the DIAA gallery fresh from workshops in New York.  Her bright, colorful designs are well known to local residents, and coordinate well with work by Walter Smalling and Don Bardole, who also employ color masterfully in their work. Jewelry, photography, and other mediums will also be represented in this show.

DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle. The Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page at or call (207) 348-2330.

Art Videos at the Gallery Series

Ansel Adams pixAnsel Adams will be the next artist featured in Barn Gallery’s Art Videos at the Gallery series on Wednesday July 15 at 7:30 p,m. The Barn Gallery is located in Ogunquit at Shore Road where there is plenty of free parking and admission is free, too. Ansel Adams is probably one of the best known American photographers because of his beautiful black and white photographs of the deserts, rock formations, and canyons of the Western states.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer and environmentalist, was born in San Francisco. When he was twelve, he taught himself to play the piano and read music. Soon he was taking lessons and embarked on an ardent pursuit of a career in music. He continued his studies of music for the next dozen or so years. His interest in photography began with the Kodak Box Brownie camera that his parents gave him for their trip to Nevada’s Yosemite Sierra and he transferred his enthusiasm to the environment and the stark beauty of the West. He spent time there every year until his death in 1984. The sale of his photographs made him realize that he probably could make a better living as a photographer than a concert pianist!

Adams’ technical mastery of the art of the photograph is legendary and he was often consulted for technical advice. His “soft expression” subjects in his early photographs developed into a much clearer, harder treatment known as “straight photography” at the encouragement of his friend, the famous photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976). He further developed this treatment when involved with an important group of photographers known as f/64 (refers to the lens opening which guarantees a sharp image.)

He became active in the Sierra Club the lobbied to create national parks and protect the environment from destructive development projects. He was often criticized for not including people in his photographs and for artificially idolizing a wilderness that no longer exists. But thanks to Adams, these pristine areas have been protected. He was also criticized for photographing rocks while the world was falling apart. His answer to this: “the understanding of the  . . . world of nature will aid inholding the world of man together.” His photographs continue to inspire artists and conservationists alike.

For more information, visit

“Ralf Feyl: Water Studies” at Ocean House Gallery

Water StudiesRalf Feyl’s “Water Studies”

“Ralf Feyl: Water Studies,” a new exhibit at Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth runs through Monday, August 3.

First generation German roots and a midwestern upbringing provided Feyl with a strong foundation and sharp instincts. Born in Chicago in 1970, Feyl was immersed in the world of hand work, his father being a master carpenter and his mother, a seamstress and tailor. Observing his parents’ crafts, Feyl became attuned to detail, delicacy, and design. At the American Academy in Chicago, Feyl studied with the beloved and respected Bill Parks. He then traveled east to study in Connecticut at the Lyme Academy and became deeply inspired by the mysterious borderlands of the coastal area and the people who inhabit it.

Once in New England, Feyl found the influence and stimulation he needed. In 1992 Jeff Cooley of the Cooley Gallery offered Feyl his first exhibit, where he has been represented ever since. Feyl has over twenty solo exhibitions to his credit, and his work is found in hundreds of private and corporate collections across the globe, including Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; Boeing, Chicago; Swedish Trade Council, Stockholm; and Pfizer Inc., New York. Feyl resides in Maine where he continues to paint. At times elusive and at times familiar, Ralf creates a plurality of feelings that keeps the viewer engaged and curious.

Ocean House Gallery is located at 299 Ocean House Road. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

A Bucketful of Maine

BucketAn evening of fun and learning is in the plans for Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Number 9 on Friendship Street in Waldoboro Village — a relaxed and inspiring setting featuring “The Way of All Fish,” a special show of paintings by Waldoboro artist, Chris Augusta. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages will be part of the evening’s enjoyment. Joyce Steel, a life-long artist and art teacher, will lead a workshop on collage design. Students will be applying natural objects to a surface to form a collage assemblage – then later spraying it with a protective sealant.

What to bring: a small bucket with objects from the shore or from the land, selections made in time for them to be thoroughly dry before the class and objects that are not too large and heavy – nor those which are too delicate to be handled without disintegrating. Objects need not be whole – pieces are fine and make for interesting shapes and arrangements!

Registration is required. Information will be available at Old Number 9, Tidemark Gallery or the MAP – Medomak Arts Project Facebook page at

Maine Crafts Guild 40th Anniversary

JenniferJennifer Nielsen, Portland jeweler

Maine Crafts Guild’s MDI “Directions” Fine Craft Show is turning 40 this year. The centrally located Mount Desert Island High School on Route 233 in Bar Harbor has been the location of the Directions Show for all four decades. Over the years it has become a celebration of summer for all the townships and summer visitors in the region.  Only once a year (July 24-26), this event is not to be missed if you enjoy fine crafts work inspired by living in Maine.

In 1975 the Maine Crafts Guild was established in a spirit of cooperation with the goal of bringing the finest professional craftspeople together with those who appreciate hand made products. The organization’s commitment to excellence in fine craft has never faltered. Members of the Guild have one thing in common, a passion to create. Some focus on pushing the limits of their work, some on learning traditional methods from the elders of their craft, some are attracted to handwork because of the quality of life it engenders, while others are interested in having a positive cultural impact.

The current “buy local” and “support small business” campaigns seen nationwide are the latest spin on the philosophy the Guild has always embodied and practiced.

Over the years, the Guild, as a membership, volunteer-based organization, has had its share of challenges. While riding the wave of economic ups and downs, the Guild maintains a dynamic membership that is comprised of young journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who continue to show new work—illustrating the perseverance and self-reliance that are integral to surviving as a professional artisan in Maine.

In addition to the customary artful booths and extraordinary work available for sale, attendees of the 40th Anniversary Maine Crafts Guild Directions Show on Mount Desert Island (July 24-26) will be treated to live music, and the extraordinary food of Chef, Amanda Kendall, of Sassafras Catering. Admission: $5 adults; under 18 free. Hours are July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m., July 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Midsummer Show at New Era Gallery

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New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open our midsummer show “Island Flora and Fauna” on Saturday, July 18.  The show’s theme honors the richness and diversity evident in the natural world at the peak of summer.  The show will feature knotted netting wall pieces by Stephanie Crossman, ceramic crows by Janet Gohres, painted fish by Jackson Gregory, and botanical drawings and paintings by Curly Lieber.  A multi-media installation on the subject of bats by Alison Hildreth and infrared landscape photographs by Ron Rosenstock complete the line-up in the Windy Way Barn.

A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 p.m, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will run through Wednesday, August 5.  Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..  For more information call 863-9351 or visit

Bucksport Arts Festival Coming Soon

postersmThe Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS) has been bringing the community together through the performing arts since 1999. After creating the Bucksport Performing Arts Center, this dedicated group of volunteers has brought a steady lineup of music and theater performances to Bucksport each year. This summer, BACAS will be adding something brand new: the Bucksport Arts Festival.

This new fine arts festival will take place on the Bucksport waterfront walkway on Saturday, August 15 from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m. The Good Kettle, The Uproot Pie Co., and The Local Variety will have an assortment of delicious foods to feed the masses and Original Condition, a local bluegrass band, will perform from 10 to 11 a.m.

Nearly 30 artists have already registered, including 3 Legged Dog Ink, Blueberry Bay Beads, Patchwork Clay, Sojourn Curiosities, Reclaimed Maine, Penobscot Pyrographics, Page Eastman Photography, Sewing a Notion, Left Field Graphics, Buzy Bz Studio, Charlie Widdis Photography, Art by Katy, Argyle Iron Works, The Moons Cache, Moss Keep Studio, Anne Buck Davis, Mary Banfield, Carolyn & Clyde Folsom, Sandy Dolan, Renee Lammers, Linda Stearns, Kay Carter, Teddi-Jann Covell, and Black Dog Ironworks.

A few spaces are still available, but only two weeks remain for artists to register! Those interested in participating can apply online or download an application to submit by mail. Registration is only $60 for a 10’x 10′ booth space.

The event is just one of many offered in Bucksport this summer. Local residents have responded to last year’s mill closure by creating new and exciting events to help build a new vision for Bucksport based on arts, culture, and tourism. Local businesses have joined the effort, and are doing some strategic planning of their own. MacLeod’s Restaurant was the first to offer support of the festival, and Good Deals Antique Mall & Collectibles has recently joined in to partner as a premier sponsor alongside MacLeod’s. The owners of both successful businesses are part of Bucksport Next, an effort of the Town planning board to create a new comprehensive plan that incorporates public input and consolidates information about each individual community group working on new programs to generate activity in the town.

For more information contact Lyndsey Marston, Festival Coordinator, at or 852-9570.

Farnsworth Receives $3 Million Wyeth Foundation Gift

FarnsworthArtist Jamie Wyeth with Chares and Julie Cawley at an event in their honor. Photo by Michael O”Neil.

The Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $3 Million gift from the Wyeth Foundation in honor of Julie and Charlie Cawley. The gift was announced at an event honoring the Cawleys, on Tuesday, June 30, at the museum’s Wyeth Center.

The gift to the Farnsworth Art Museum will go towards the museum’s Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment, launched in September 2009. Income from the endowment will support the maintenance and operation of four of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s properties: the Wyeth Center, Wyeth Study Center and Wyeth Research Center in Rockland, Maine, and the Olson House in Cushing, Maine—site of Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World.  “Phyllis and I are thrilled to be at this re-affirmation of our gratitude to Charlie Cawley for his transformation of the Farnsworth museum,” Artist Jamie Wyeth said to the sixty-or-more guests gathered for the evening’s festivities. “In that spirit Phyllis and I would like to continue the legacy that Charlie began. It is our pleasure to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Wyeth Foundation is awarding a grant to the Farnsworth Art Museum in the amount of $3 million.”

“Charlie and Julie Cawley’s leadership and generosity towards this museum were transformative,” commented Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “With this gift of $3 Million— the single largest gift to this museum ever—Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth allow the Farnsworth to once again chart a new course. With this major gift, the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment will begin covering operational costs to four of our  properties—freeing up sorely needed funds for the types of exhibitions and programming that have placed this museum on the National stage.”

Charlie Cawley, co-founder of MBNA, has been a major philanthropist to not only the Farnsworth Art Museum, but to the entire midcoast of Maine. In the late 1990s, his generosity allowed the museum to transform a former Methodist Church on Union Street in Rockland into the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, and also to greatly expand its gallery space by transforming the former J.J. Newberry’s department store into what is now the Morehouse Wing of the Farnsworth.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.