First Annual “International Hope Day” Set to Kick Off in Maine


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The First annual “International HOPE Day,” the brainchild of New York art publisher Michael McKenzie, is scheduled to take place with a series of events and unveilings in New York, Munich, Miami and Maine on Saturday, September 13th. Featuring artist Robert Indiana’s HOPE, the first annual event will take place on the artist’s 86th birthday, which he will celebrate on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. The artist is scheduled to make a public appearance from noon – 1:00 p.m. outside Star of Hope, his longtime residence and studio on Main Street, where he will sign commemorative posters and prints featuring the HOPE image, and pose for photo opportunities alongside a large HOPE sculpture that was installed for the event.

In coming up with the concept for “International HOPE Day,” McKenzie was acting upon an announcement by Indiana in 2011 stating that his goal was “to cover the earth with HOPE and bring hope to every country in the world.” Following the template of “Earth Day International,” McKenzie envisions an event that gains momentum with each passing year and is non-denominational, crossing all faiths and creeds, ages and beliefs, and serves as one day of inspiration to bring hope in its essence to every corner and concern of the globe, just as Webster defined it, Hope is the desire for something positive to happen and the belief that it will.


In addition to the events in Maine, a monumental 10’ high, two-ton metal HOPE sculpture in Indiana’s signature colors of red and blue will be installed on the corner of 53rd and Broadway in New York City. The installation will take place in advance of HOPE day, on Thursday, August 11th, with a team of HOPEFULs on hand to greet media from noon to 4:00 p.m. Similar installations and events are planned for Munich, Caracas and Miami and will be featured All profits from the sales of HOPE memorabilia will be distributed to a variety of charities, including Vinalhaven Medical Facility and Partners In Education (PIE). As HOPE day grows, additional charities and sponsors will be named, all of which will eventually tie into the permanent creation of The Robert Indiana Museum at the Star of Hope.

Indiana, who is best known for his iconic LOVE image from the 1960s, felt the need in the new millennium which brought so many changes, from the September 11, 2001 WTC attack to the stock market crash and war, to create and introduce the image of HOPE in 2008. The artist has referred to HOPE as “the long-awaited sibling of LOVE.” “Robert Indiana has been on the forefront of societal change since the sixties,” said McKenzie, “when spreading the message of LOVE was the antidote to growing pains in the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Peace movements. Forty years hence, Indiana at once acknowledges progresses made, while still perceiving the struggles of many in this time of war and economic hardship. ‘International HOPE Day’ is a call to looking forward and striving for a better For further information and interviews with Mr. Indiana and Mr. McKenzie, contact Kathleen Rogers, KLR Communications Inc. (207) 667-0733, Ext. 11 or email

Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare at the Farnsworth


On Saturday, October 4, to celebrate both the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the 125th anniversary of the Rockland Shakespeare Society, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare. This exhibition will feature approximately thirty works of America’s foremost illustrator of Shakespeare’s plays from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through January 4, 2015.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Malvolio in the dungeon, Twelfth Night – Act III, Scene IV” by Edwin Austin Abbey

Drawn from the largest and most important collection of Abbey’s works, numbering more than 2,500, in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, this exhibition will examine Abbey’s illustrations of many of the best-known scenes in Shakespeare’s plays such as the death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and the murder of Duncan in Macbeth. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, often regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He has been credited with writing around 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, though debate about his authorship continues. His plays, translated into most major living languages, are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Edwin Austin Abbey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852. He began his career as an illustrator for such magazines as Harper’s Weekly and Scribner’s Magazine. He moved to England in 1878 and was made a full member of the Royal Academy in 1898. In 1897, renowned for his work as an illustrator of Shakespeare’s works, Abbey was awarded an honorary M.A. degree by Yale University. In 1937 Abbey’s estate was donated to the Yale University Art Gallery. Founded in 1832, the Gallery is one of the oldest public art museums in the United States.

The exhibition will be celebrated at a free community opening, on Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 p.m., as part of the First Fridays at the Farnsworth. The event will feature community participation in sonnet and script reading, a Shakespeare insult booth, roving minstrels, soft drinks and cookies as well as special store discounts for members. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Paul Cavalli & Jack McKenney and the Goose River Exchange. First Fridays at the Farnsworth is sponsored by The First, N.A.

Abbey at the Farnsworth

“Lady Macbeth: “Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers…,”, Act II, Scene II, Macbeth” by Edwin Austin Abbey

VoxPhotographs hosting grand opening + URBAN photo show

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After 7 years as a private gallery in Portland, VoxPhotographs is hosting a grand opening event and reception at its new retail gallery space in Portland on September 18, 4-7 with URBAN – featuring 60 photo-based images by 15 Maine artists.

“The move to 334 Forest Avenue and The Portland Design Center (formerly Pier One) and sharing retail space with Jan Robinson’s EcoHome Studio/Showroom is timely,” Heather Frederick, founder and gallery director says.”With over 50 linear feet of wall space, as well as a library of portfolios showcasing the work of all 34 Maine artists whose work the gallery represents, we are expanding our reach to the consumer.” While Maine’s design community continues to define the customer base of the gallery, Frederick believes the new public space will also encourage individual collectors to explore what is available in a welcoming environment.

URBAN is not a documentary photography exhibit, Frederick clarifies. “URBAN will demonstrate the visions of Maine’s fine art photographers in the age of digital darkroom, and the breadth of styles, presentation and subject matter will be surprising, I can assure you.”

URBAN is on view through November 4. Call 207-323-1214, or explore  for more information.

Haynes Galleries presents Master Pastelist Cindy House

Cindy House at Haynes Galleries


THOMASTON, Maine— Travel through the variety and splendor of the New England landscape during Haynes Galleries latest vignette shows. The masterful pastels of Cindy House are presented Upstairs at Haynes in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.” This show is presented in conjunction with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” and is on view until September 27 at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

Cindy House renders the streams, fields, and shores of northeast in such exquisite detail that viewers can almost feel the elements. A native of Rhode Island, House has been in tune with nature for most of her life. As a child she explored the woods near her home and later she studied wildlife biology at the University of Maine. Her artistic career began as an illustrator of bird guides, where she honed the highly detailed style she presents in her pastels today.

Her landscapes take the medium beyond the loose, quick rendering viewers might be used to from pastels. In House’s skilled hands, a lone elm stands tall and proud amongst wild grass while a mist rolls down the distant hills. In Common Elders, gulls rest on the lichen-covered rocks as ocean waves come in. Each detail is captured exactly as it appears.

But the photographic realism of these tranquil landscapes is balanced with pristine beauty of House’s scenes. As House says, “to paint the beauty of the land…captures an image for the viewer to contemplate.”

House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Her honors include acceptance into numerous juried pastel competitions and she recently won the Prix de Pastel at the exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

This exhibition is not only a chance for viewers to dive into House’s work, but also an invitation to look pause and reflect on the natural world around them.

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




Deer Isle Artists Association Presents “Mixer”

The Deer Isle Artists Association’s new exhibit, “Mixer,” opens September 5 and runs through September 18. The show presents a wide “mix” of subjects and mediums created by both professional and emerging artists who reside at least part time in this area.

While the theme unifies the exhibit, viewers will discover that each artist interprets this theme in a unique manner. Diane de Grasse notes,

“The Mixer show works for me since I will be showing a mix of mediums: oils, pastels and watermedia; and a mix of subject matter from still life to landscape and figures. Since I choose only subjects that really grab me, they come from anywhere and I use any media that best suits my feeling for the image.”

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“Little Music Man, Italy” by Diane de Grasse

Other DIAA painters with very different styles, including Don Bardole, David Kofton, Deborah Lothrop and Leslie Anderson will also have work displayed at the gallery.

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“Salt Marsh, Mill Island 1″ by Don Bardole

Don Bardole is known for creating representational images in oil. These include landscape, seascape, and cityscapes, while David Kofton is particularly recognized for capturing the emotions, as well as the beauty, of his subjects. Leslie Anderson works in both oils and watercolors, creating moods by juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color. Deborah Lothrop’s offerings are watercolors that focus upon aquatic imaginings. For example, “What the Moon Saw” is a painting of sailing at night, and which “is actually a color exercise exploring so-called color intervals which at the last moment hinted at an image. It may also be experienced as a respite from a sometimes harshly lit world.” Similarly, “The Regatta is a watercolor study of blue movement made active with yellow.”

In a different medium, DIAA member, Arlyss Becker, has used the “Mixer” theme to extend her exploration of distinctive papermaking. “The ‘Lobstah Tales’ series tells the stories of a lobstah’s life using handmade paper to show the life stages.”

Pat Roth, who summers on Dunham Point in Deer Isle, will add photographs to the mix that are of everyday scenes around the island. Other artists in the show include Eileen Ahern, Michael DeMatteo, Dorothy Doubleday, Grace Konecny , Corey Paradise, Carolyn Raedle, and Oscar Turner.

The show will run from September 5 through September 18. The DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, in Deer Isle village, is open daily from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

High Street Studio & Gallery thrilled about “Patchwork of Color”

“Patchwork of Color: Quilts As Inspiration” is on display at High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast through September 24.

“I am really excited about this show. The idea came about when I heard about the Gee’s Bend women teaching a workshop at the Fiber College. Then I was asked to teach a painting workshop linking with the Gee’s Bend Quilts. So the idea was floating in my head when Diane Savona walked into the gallery..(I had never met her.) I think her work and story is incredible and am so glad to have my gallery take a part in sharing it. Then Dianne Hire agreed to come on board as did Jerri Finch and Leslie Volpe. Quilts have been a part of my history as I own one made by my grandmother which became the treasured cuddly “nanny quilt” for my children, a signature quilt created for my grandma when she was married by the ladies of the church where my Great grandfather was a minister and one created by my husbands great great grandmother… so I am thrilled to be having this show.” Susan Tobey White

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“Hurricane Barb Hits the Coast” by Diane S. Hire

Dianne S. Hire is the author of Quilters Playtime, Games for Quiltmakers and editor of Oxymoron a collection of absurdly logical quilts. She is also an international award winning fiber artist.

Jerri’s first part of her art career was spent creating large air brushed fabric paintings selling to the corporate market. Her relatively recent discovery of oils has led to another path of working on a much smaller scale using her surroundings as inspiration. Quilts have appeared in her work often.

Jeanne Dawson is an annual exhibitor at High Street Studio and Gallery. This year, as a former fiber artist, she joins us in honoring quilts as well as having her own show, Domestications which includes her colorful florals, picnic scene and even a red refrigerator.

Portland Museum of Art Launches New and Enhanced Website

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The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to announce the launch of the museum’s new website and online presence, Offering users a fresh way to interact with the PMA, is at the forefront of how museums’ collections, resources, and missions are presented online. Modern and clean, the interface is designed to function flawlessly across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and smartphone—and is filled with beautiful art and engaging content. makes it easy to explore events, exhibitions, and the museum’s extensive permanent collection, providing a new, online home for the PMA that keeps pace with the museum’s national reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country.

Functionality and design highlights include:

• a strong focus on art and images.
• responsive design, which ensures an optimal experience regardless of device.
• dynamic content throughout the site, which provides relevant content where you’d expect to see it and helps you discover information that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
PMA Blog—a place to get the inside scoop on all things PMA.
• enhanced video and audio integration, which brings the PMA to life.
• advanced search functionality, which provides unprecedented access to the museum.
• built for integration of the ongoing collection digitization project for PMA 2016.

The website was designed by Might & Main, an award-winning branding and design firm in Portland, Maine.

Judy Taylor and Christian Becksvoort at The Gallery at Somes Sound

The Gallery at Somes Sound presents Islands of Maine, paintings by Judy Taylor, and Unadorned Simplicity of Shaker Furniture, furniture by Christian Becksvoort, continuing through September 13.

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“Off the Point” by Judy Taylor

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Shaker working counter, cherry by Christian Becksvoort

The Gallery at Somes Sound’s primary focus is to celebrate America’s long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine. The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main Street, Mt. Desert, ME 04660.

New works at D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor

Vacationland! The Maine State motto. The weather is perfect, blue skies, light winds, warm days, cool nights. Haven’t made it to Bar Harbor this year or have been thinking of coming? It’s the perfect time and we’ve got the lobster & blueberry pie!

Original Paintings by Russell D'Alessio

“Love Her Way” by Russell D’Alessio

“My artistic quest is to enchant & delight, to bridge the abstract with the familiar, to create imagery that stimulates the imagination and present a creative reality”

With many new works by Russ on canvas, paper & yupo, a First Friday Art Walks on October 3rd, (Let Them Eat Cake II) plus, oh yes, Acadia National Park… it’s time to come visit us this fall. Details of events and paintings on the web at

Original Paintings by Russell D'Alessio

“Starry Skies with Fire Flies” by Russell D’Alessio

D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, Maine (Open Mid-May – October). For more information call (207) 351-5450 or email

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th.

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew… exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted, and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm and Mondays by chance. For more information visit or call 338-0001.

Artists with Heart exhibit at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Among the art displayed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season is the work by two women who have strong feelings about their subjects, Hannah Ineson and Judy Nixon.

Hannah Ineson at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Last Light” by Hannah Ineson

The Pemaquid Art Gallery presents paintings by wilderness painter, Hannah Ineson, this season. “Wilderness has always been my “muse,” declares Ineson. “Wilderness of any kind is what makes me reach for a brush or palette knife.”

The professional painter is known for her vibrant watercolor landscapes. Ineson adds expressive oil paintings to her body of work as well. For her oil paintings she employs the texturizing effect of a palette knife to capture light and color in a particularly exciting way.

Ineson explains she often uses a variety of sources as jumping off points to begin a painting. She says she, “looks for that moment when the painting itself takes over.” At that point the artist lets creative expression find its own way, a process that she says is still unfolding for her.

“I believe it is not really the scenery but the soul of the place that seeks expression through me.” says Ineson. Rather than being mere recordings of specific landscapes her work is built upon visceral memories of particular places. The philosophy serves her well whether she works on location or in her studio.

Ineson has had work accepted into many juried shows in Maine and Florida, has been artist in residence in the Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve and had three solo shows in Florida museums. She has taught watercolor for many years in both states and in Mexico.

Her most recent project is to create images for the Earthshine Institute, which furthers the environmental work of the late Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The images will be used in various ways to raise funds for the Institute’s work and speaks to Ineson’s dedication to the wild places that inspire her.

During the summer of 2014, in addition to the Pemaquid Gallery, Ineson will again be teaching private art workshops in Maine, partnering with Le Vatout Bed and Breakfast in Waldoboro, as well as providing accommodations and lessons in her home in Damariscotta. Ineson’s work may also be seen by appointment at the Carriage House Studio in Damariscotta. To learn more visit

Judy Nixon at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Break Time” by Judy Nixon

New paintings by Judy Nixon are on display at the sea side gallery this summer. Nixon chooses to paint the magical place she calls home, the Pemaquid Peninsula. “I enjoy the challenge of recreating a scene from one of my favorite areas, as well as capturing the essence of everyday objects in a still life,” offers Nixon.

Beginning her painting career in her 50′s, Nixon has developed her personal style as a watercolor painter. At work in her studio or on occasional forays to paint on location Nixon continues to explore new ideas in painting. Exploring her creativity she ventures into other media including acrylics, oils, mono-type, and using Asian brush.

Nixon continues to enhance her skills by taking many art workshops with some of the great talent and successful artists the area attracts. Though influenced, Nixon maintains her unique artistic approach which is anchored in her personal connection to her subjects.

Artistic inspiration comes to Nixon from a variety of sources. For example, when asked what the best artistic advice she has been given she replies, “Just do it!” Visitors to the gallery get a glimpse into the heart of life on the Pemaquid Peninsula as they reflect upon this artist’s offerings.

2014 is a busy year for Judy Nixon with a solo show at Miles Memorial Hospital and a show at the Washington School in July. Nixon’s work may also be seen at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, River Arts in Damariscotta, and in a special appearance in Round Pond Arts and Crafts Fair this July.

Along with Ineson and Nixon, exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point. The gallery is open every day through Columbus Day from 10 until 5. Its website is

“Scenes from Maine” at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Rob Anderson at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

“Racing the Storm” by Rob Anderson

Richard Boyd Art opens “Scenes from Maine” the sixth annual exhibit of works depicting imagery from Maine on October 1, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition showcases the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. On exhibit are a selection of paintings in a variety of media and styles depicting images from the interior, to the islands, coves, and coastal waterways of Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene from Maine.

The exhibit features paintings by artists Rob Anderson – oil on canvas; Amy Bickford – acrylic based gouache on gesso board; Jane Herbert – acrylic on canvas; Felicity Sidwell – oil on canvas; Wilson Stewart – acrylic on canvas; Gwen Sylvester – acrylic on canvas; and Sarah Wilde – acrylic on canvas.

The exhibit is open free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 31, 2014. Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. For additional information about the exhibit please call (207) 712-1097, email or visit

Tom Paiement “Ongoing Explorations” at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Paiement at Greenhut Galleries

“Venice Beach Flower 9″ by Tom Paiement

Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Ongoing Explorations, mixed media work by Tom Paiement.

Tom says this about the new work:

“In February of 2013, I spent several weeks drawing on and around the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. It was inspiring in its energy. I liked the blocky shapes and intricate overlays of the boardwalk stores and buildings against the broad colors of the sky, beach, grass and ocean. They became my basic forms, palette and horizontal platform. A vase of flowers sitting on a concrete wall overlooking the beach became a central theme which was a natural evolution from my former work with flowers.

A month in Merida, Mexico in March 2014 deepened and enriched the color palette. It became the colors of heat. The wood cut line work of the flowers changed as well, influenced by the iron filigree work throughout the city and the fluid line of graffiti in both Merida and Venice.

I am always experimenting with materials to find the balance between the impulsive/gestural mark and the more analytical/craft aspect of a piece.”

Tom Paiement received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and worked in the aerospace industry. Upon visiting an artist’s studio with a friend, he was seduced by the world of creating art. A chance meeting with the artist Mauricio Lasansky (who at the time was on the faculty of the University of Iowa) translated into a move to Iowa where Tom received his Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking in 1984. After teaching at several other universities, Tom returned to Maine and has never looked back.

Over the last 25 years, Paiement has exhibited extensively, and has been sought after by private and public collections alike. This will be his eighth solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.

Maine’s Fine Crafts Makers Exhibit annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show

Maine Crafts Guild hosts its annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show co-sponsored by Camp Ketcha on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, at 336 Black Point Road near Scarborough Beach State Park. Known for excellence in their craft, 40 artists will exhibit their work for sale over the course of two days.

“If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, this is the place for you,” said Portland-based metalsmith and beach stone jeweler Jennifer Nielsen.

An astounding array of exquisitely made pieces for the home, the body and the heart will be for sale, including works in glass, clay, wood, precious stones and metals, paper and fiber, all superbly designed and produced and handmade in Maine. The show is a unique opportunity meet and visit with leading potters, jewelers, weavers, carvers, printers and other crafts specialists, and learn, firsthand, about their process and work.

“I love watching people fall in love with my work and then take it home, or come back again because they can’t stop thinking about it,” commented Nielsen.

Jennifer Nielsen Hand-crafted Jewelry

hand-crafted jewelry by Jennifer Nielsen

Now in its fifth year, the Scarborough show is one of four exhibitions the Guild will host this season. The Guild’s mission is to support and further Maine’s long heritage of excellence in craft making through statewide shows. Members gain entrance to the Maine Crafts Guild through a jury process that recognizes the highest quality of skill and craft.

“Our goal with these shows is to create a room full of wow for the community to engage. There is so much talent in Maine. The Guild shows offer the public a chance to participate in Maine’s historic commonwealth of fine crafts, to meet the artists, and take home something amazing,” said Charlie Jenkins, the new Guild President and Dresden glass blower.

Craftspeople featured in Guild shows include winners of awards such as the Switchback Ranch Purchase Award (Western Design Conference—WY), Emily Dickenson Excellence in Jewelry Award, and Best in Weaving (Living with Craft Exhibit, NH), and honored artists in numerous juried exhibitions and biennials.

Work for sale at a Guild show can range in price from under $50 into the thousands of dollars. The experienced crafts collector, as well as the simply curious, can all find one-of-a-kind pieces at a Guild show.

The Guild hosts three other shows in the state, through early November: Damariscotta, July 19-20; MDI Directions, August 1-3; and Augusta, November 1-2.

Admission, in September, in Scarborough is $6; under 18, free. Visit for details and a list of exhibitors by medium and information on all upcoming Maine Crafts Guild Shows.

“At the Governors”: Anne Heywood Paintings Exhibition

For the first time, the “Governor’s Mansion” in Waldoboro, Maine, formerly the home of two Maine Governors and one U.S. Senator, will serve as a unique setting for a special evening exhibition of Anne Heywood’s original paintings. Heywood’s landscapes and still lifes will grace the walls of this historic building, which is in the early stages of renovation, on Saturday, October 11th from 4 – 7 p.m.


Built ca. 1830 as a wedding gift to a wealthy shipbuilder’s daughter, the “Governor’s Mansion” was home to some of Maine’s most important citizens. Miss Harriet Haskell, an early alumna of Mt. Holyoke Seminary and renowned in the field of education, lived there in the mid-1800s. Sebastian S. Marble (1887-1952), Governor of Maine, also lived there in his later years with his daughter. More recently, the Hon. Frederick G. Payne, Governor of Maine 1948 – 1952, and U. S. Senator 1953 – 1959 lived and kept a home office at the “Governor’s Mansion” until his death in 1978.

Anne Heywood, owner of Artwork by A.Heywood at 808 N. Nobleboro Rd., Waldoboro, has been a professional artist, author (Pastels Made Easy, Watson Guptill Publications), and workshop instructor for over 25 years. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, most recently the International Association of Pastel Societies 2013 Silver Award and the 2012 Dr. Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts. To read her biography and see her work, visit

“At the Governors” is being held in conjunction with events and openings at the nearby Tidemark Gallery, the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, and Old Number Nine, all within a short walking distance of each other. This evening promises to be an exciting one in Waldoboro!

Reception for Kimberly Callas at UCCPA

Kimberly Callas Artwork

“Green Man” by Kimberly Callas

A reception for Maine artist Kimberly Callas will be held at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA) on Tuesday, September 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Pecha Kucha style Artist Presentation at 6 p.m. Pecha Kucha presentation style is of Japanese origin and features 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

An exhibit entitled Portrait of the Ecological Self by Callas is featured at the Leonard Craig Art Gallery, UCCPA, from August 15 to September 12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Her story will be featured in a WABI-TV Channel 5 segment during the first week of September.

The gallery is located at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), 42 Depot Street (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine.

A 2013 grant award by The Puffin Foundation provided support for the development of Portrait of the Ecological Self. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The exhibit examines the question of whether there is an ecological self, or a place within each individual that is in tune with nature. The concept of the ecological self allows one to think in terms of the self as interconnected with all of nature.

Callas was also influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
“I witnessed the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center while walking to my studio,” Callas stated. That and the war in Iraq led Kimberly, her husband and young child to relocate to Brooks, Maine, where they hand built an in-ground, stone house that is off-the-grid and heated solely with wood.

Callas has been rigorously trained in classical figurative sculpture. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.
More information about Kimberly Callas and her work is available online at

Starting in 2007, Unity College made a dramatic statement by becoming the first in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, thereby igniting a growing national movement in higher education to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards and visionary leaders.

Björn Runquist Talk at Landing Gallery, You’re Invited

On Saturday, September 6th at 4 p.m., Björn Runquist will talk about the paintings in his current exhibit, “Maine Light”, at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St in Rockland. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Björn is a beloved plein air painter who has been painting in the mid coast area for almost 30 years. He’s interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere while painting out-of-doors. In his work, local subjects seem familiar but extraordinary with unusual viewpoints and Bjorn’s magical interpretation of Maine’s special light.

“I have found through the years of painting that it is much like poetry. There is a space between the feeling and the word, just as there is a space between the mark and the “reality” it represents. The marks build a structure to create its own reality and become an icon to a moment. My paintings celebrate those moments. Ideally, a painting consists of just enough brush strokes to evoke the moment or object and allow the viewer to bring his or her response to the emotional completion of the painting, just as the reader completes the poem.” ~ Björn Runquist

Dowling-Walsh Gallery opens Eric Green and Sarah McRae Morton

Eric Green at Dowling-Walsh Gallery

“Time Diptych – Bridge” by Eric Green

Eric Green went to RISD on a full scholarship at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.

In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written four novels and a column for the local paper. He has had two solo exhibitions in SoHo and Chelsea, received three grants, and a merit award from the National Academy of Design.

In New England, Eric’s paintings have been exhibited at the Ogunquit Museum, Brattleboro Museum, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and the Portland Museum.

“This latest series is an attempt to capture time, or the poetic phrase, ‘the sad beauty of time passing,’ something I believe we all experience in life, an emotion that gives existence much of its intensity and meaning. It’s not an easy sensation to describe, so I’m hoping this work will allow the viewer to experience it in a clarified visual form.The work portrays sections of the interior of our house that I’ve spent the last seventeen years adjusting, a work of art in itself. I’m actually drawing a place I’ve carefully created and arranged, so in a way, the image is generated twice. Each diptych is comprised of two panels of the same basic view altered only by the passage of time. What I find interesting is that the art itself can only exist in the viewer’s mind. It is the amalgamation or comparison of the two images that creates the specific emotion, not each individual panel. Gauging and balancing this convergence is everything.”

Sarah McRae Morton at the Dowling-Walsh Gallery

“Wills of Morton and Bonnie- the night he wrote the letter that would be lost for 100 years” by Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. She studied drafting and color theory with Myron Barnstone in her teenage years, and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania for college. A travel fellowship was a path to Europe to take a chemistry course in Rome on the chemical composition – or decomposition – of pieces from art history. She traveled to Norway to study with painter Odd Nerdrum. When she returned from abroad, she settled in a coal-mining region of West Virginia to make a body of work about the local history, a changing landscape and a knotted family tree. This work yielded a Mattisse Foundation fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, her work has taken her to Cerrillos New Mexico, Carmel California, Baltimore Maryland, to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. She currently lives in Cologne, Germany.

“The subjects in “The Impossible Sight of a Ship” are the people from whom I
am descended, by blood or by the “marrow of artistic tradition”, all of whom
led me to a place and time in Maine. These paintings are invented portraits
of the shells of tenacious spirits who have survived because their stories
are transmitted around campfires, between rocking chairs, and under moth
eaten black skies. They had memorable lives or unforgettable brushes with
death and left enough legacy, artifacts or genetic residue to retell their
stories. What they all have in common is me, a common descendant.

The style of the pieces varies according to the prevalent style of art
during each character’s lifetime, displaying facets of aesthetic traditions,
or challenges to convention that made American art history.”

Both artists will show through September 27. 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 or call (207) 596-0084.

Last Days for “Richard Estes’ Realism” at the PMA

Richard Estes' Realism at the PMA

“Beaver Dam Pond, Acadia National Park” by Richard Estes

It’s been an exceptional summer at the PMA, and we’re excited to build on the momentum this fall.

This summer’s featured exhibition, Richard Estes’ Realism, is the kind of nationally lauded blockbuster exhibition you’ve come to expect from the museum, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to see it.

If you come to the PMA on September 7th, you’ll get to see Richard Estes’ Realism on its final day and experience the newest exhibition in our Circa series, Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal, which opens September 6.

September/Early October exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

The Labor Day weekend is often considered the end of summer and a signal that the fun is over and it is time to get back to work. That concept couldn’t be further from the truth at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. A large and festive crowd gathered there for the opening of new exhibitions featuring the work of painters Amy Brnger and Richard Brown Lethem, photographer Nancy Grace Horton and sculptor Cabot Lyford. The over all theme of the work on display is that the fun continues and that there is no place better than home.

Paintings by Richard Brown Lethem are interspersed with photographs by Portsmouth artist Nancy Grace Horton. Lethem is showing four large-scale canvases with the theme of “games” the artist remembers playing during his Mid-Western childhood. A jumble of figures are intertwined with a barking dog, all trying to be “King of the Hill, “ in a 48 inch by 50 inch canvas. His other action packed paintings have figures shooting marbles, racing box-cars, and dancing into the evening.

Throughout the gallery are thirty-three small panel paintings from Lethem’s series called “Home Bodies.” The artist portrays people doing ordinary daily activities such as hanging cloths out to dry, playing cards, holding pets, and dreaming in the bathtub. There is charm and poignancy to these paintings. Some solicit a chuckle, others a memory. The Ogunquit Museum of Art recently concluded an exhibition of Lethem’s work. He has exhibited throughout the United States and currently paints in a converted stable in Berwick Maine.

Nancy Grace Horton’s photographs pair well with the themes in Lethem’s paintings. Her photographs are a 21st portrayal of women. Using narrative fragments that confound the conventions of popular culture, she explores the norms of female behavior – and misbehavior. This particular body of work, titled “Ms. Behavior,” uses props, models and various locations, which are the catalysts for her strong, graphic narrative compositions.

Like Lethem’s figures, Horton’s women are engaged in ordinary daily activities: doing dishes, washing, ironing, and getting dressed. The titles of the photographs are often witty and sarcastic; suggesting that there is much more inferred by the pictures than what one might think.


The gallery is very pleased to exhibit work by Cabot Lyford, one of the regions most recognized sculptors. His work is in museums and public spaces across the country. He is equally skilled at carving stone and wood with much of his inspirations coming from nature and the female form. For this exhibition, curator Mary Harding selected six pieces carved from black walnut: an owl in flight, a raven, a fat cat, a horse, a beaver and an century extension of feminist concerns regarding the media’s elegant figure called “African Boy.”

The lower level gallery space is being used for a solo show for Portsmouth painter Amy Brnger. The artist combines rich color, full brush strokes and keen observation to create her domestically inspired small paintings of interiors, landscapes and flower arrangements. Still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally in her mind. She sets up her still life arrangements in her Portsmouth home studio and often paints the same settings in both the morning and evening light.

The exhibitions continue through October 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

Haynes Galleries presents “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries”

Zoey Frank at Haynes Galleries

“Kirsten” by Zoey Frank

Haynes Galleries will close another wonderful summer season in Maine with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries,” a solo show of new work from the young and supremely talented Zoey Frank. The end-of-season exhibit will be on view from September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

Frank and her fresh work are a perfect fit for a late summer celebration. At just 27, she is at a significant moment in her young career. She’s participated in numerous group exhibitions at galleries around the country, garnering praise wherever her works are shown. Her work has recently set off in a new direction, the result of completing a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the prestigious Laguna College of Art + Design (LACD) in Laguna Beach, California. Frank’s show at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will be her first solo exhibition and it will celebrate Frank and the new paintings she created during her time at LACD.

“I knew from the first time I saw Zoey’s work over three years ago that she was a superstar,” says gallery owner Gary R. Haynes. “Just about every piece that she’s sent me has sold and I could have sold some of them two or three times. She has courage to try so many things and to push her limits. This show has so much complexity, energy and drama. She is truly pushing the envelope and reaching new heights.”

The shift in Frank’s ideology and paintings came from a desire to be more inclusive in her imagery. “With my new work, I wanted my process to feel more immediate and open,” says the artist. Frank often jumps right into her work, painting directly on the canvas and adjusting the composition— landscape, still life or portrait— as she observes changes
Her figurative work, some reaching up to 5 feet in width like Kirsten, is artfully arranged and crafted. Layers of paint from earlier in the process show through, creating a mesmerizing effect Frank has dubbed a palimpsest. Viewers will feel like they lived the same experience and are now reliving it through a hazy memory.

More modest in scale, Frank’s still lifes explore color relationships by infusing bright colors into her otherwise neutral palette. The everyday objects she paints— cyan construction paper, yellow cans, and patterned pink wallpaper— are arranged to complement one another to dazzling results.

A trip to Israel inspired Frank’s group of ancient cityscapes. It was also an opportunity to try one of her favorite kinds of paintings. “I have always been fascinated by unfinished masterworks—they feel open and vulnerable” says Frank, a theme in line with her new figurative pieces. With areas of canvas exposed, these studies of ancient cities seem to ripple in the hot sun, the white stone of the ancient buildings and the harsh desert light washing out details and color.

Frank’s new process is quite the departure from her previous one. Before enrolling at LACD, the Colorado-native completed four years of training at Juliette Aristide’s classical atelier at the Gage Academy of Art. “It was the old historical painters that made me want to be an artist in the first place,” says Frank, “so I knew I wanted to learn from their foundations of painting.” The result was beautifully rendered, highly finished pieces that invoked the Masters and earned Frank many honors.

The impulse to challenge herself led her to LACD and on her current path. Painting ordinary objects and places forces her “to make compelling images without relying on the power of the subjects themselves,” as Frank pointed out. “The process is my only tool.”
Zoey Frank’s explorations over the past two years have led to several discoveries, from how Frank always wants to challenge herself, to a new painting style adopted, and old ones re-embraced. It’s been a period growth. A period of promise. The work in “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” is a clear indication of Frank’s bright future and the show is great way to close another memorable summer season.