First Friday Offerings at Art Space Gallery

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Join the members of Art Space Gallery for an opening reception during Rockland’s First Friday Artwalk, September 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. September features new works by four of the nineteen artists who comprise Rockland’s premiere cooperative.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore’s paintings are primarily of the Maine coast, including islands, boats, and buoys. Her fine silver and 22k gold jewelry also incorporates our seafaring abundance in pieces such as sea urchins, sand dollars, and fish.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn’s large canvases on exhibit this month are floral pieces created with moving brushstrokes and lush color. Dunn is an accomplished Maine artist represented by several prominent galleries in Maine and Massachusetts.

Many gallery visitors are struck with equal measure of intrigue and awe by Roger Barry’s intricately carved wooden “boxes”. Secret locks are part of the beauty of Barry’s reliquaries. Carved from native hardwoods, all very unique.

The photography by Charles Laurier Dufour exquisitely captures and exposes the natural beauty of the human form, usually juxtaposed with the rugged beauty that is Maine.  Stunning coastal and forest nudes are being featured.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.   September hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

“Expressed Intention” Showing Through Sept. 3

963ec4f8-26da-46e3-b6e7-7724f3264bbbDeer Isle Artists Association (DIAA) in Deer Isle invites you to view its latest exhibit “Expressed Intention” through September 3. The work of 9 artists is on display including Pat White, Robert Starkey, Pat Falkner, and Jacqueline Wilson.

DIAA is an organization of artists, both professional and emerging, and people who are interested in the arts. Many of the members live in Maine at least part of the year, But there is no residential requirement. Committed to promoting the visual arts in this part of Maine, the DIAA also encourages student artists by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in the arts.

Exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs by members are held in the  DIAA Gallery mid-May to late December.

Summer hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from October through December from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 15 Main Street. For the most current information, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DeerIsleArtists

Craft + Style Reign in Group Showcase at Haynes

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Four of today’s top contemporary Realists come together for a summer group showcase at Haynes Galleries. “Joseph McGurl, Karen Blackwood, T.J. Cunningham, Marc Dalessio & Friends” will be on view through September 19 in Thomaston. Special guest artists will also present works during the show.

A clear commitment to the craft is the tie that binds in this show. McGurl, Blackwood, Cunningham, and Dalessio have each trained in time-honored techniques at various ateliers & academies but each has a signature style. They are devoted to traditional methods and use their skills to create landscapes and figurative work of the highest caliber.

As a landscape painter, connecting with the landscape on a profound level is of the utmost importance for Joseph McGurl. Trained in the methods of the French Academy with an emphasis on drawing, McGurl combines his emotional connection to vistas with his drawing skills & a sight-size approach, resulting in a unique approach to the genre. The finished landscapes are acute studies of the land & sea with brushstrokes that vary with the emotion, at times thin & long, other times short & thick as in Sunlight, Monhegan.

In contrast are Karen Blackwood’s expressive Impressionist landscapes. Her passion for landscape painting bloomed amongst a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. In her own work, Blackwood attempts to capture light’s effect on atmosphere which so often adds an emotional, personal element to a scene which can only be captured on site.

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T.J. Cunningham’s “Docked,” oil on linen panel

With an education centered on the great Realists of the 19th and 20th centuries including Sargent and Bouguereau, T.J. Cunningham has an eye for strong, compelling compositions regardless of subject matter. In just a few short years, Cunningham’s output of portraits and landscapes has revealed a bright future for this thoughtful artist. Docked is more a loving portrait of a common fishing boat than just a seascape. Careful observation of the boat— its weathered hull and jumble of ropes & wires— reveal its timeless character.

Living abroad for more than 20 years and taking countless painting trips, Marc Dalessio draws inspiration from the distinct character of the lands he visits. In his landscapes he believes he should let “nature depict itself without overt interference of personality or ego.” Dalessio immerses himself in the location, whether it be Italy, Croatia, Fiji or even Maine, and lets the beauty flows through him and onto the canvas. An incredibly active artist, Dalessio will be painting in Maine in the days leading up to the exhibit and will contribute his fresh new work to the show. Guests will see these works fresh off the easel.

Friends & colleagues of Dalessio from his days at the Florence Academy of Art will join the exhibition as special guests, sharing their work at Haynes Galleries for the very first time. Based around the world, they have congregated in Maine this summer to paint together. These guest artists will add depth to this diverse collection of contemporary Realism resulting in a one-of-a-kind exhibition that is sure to enthrall guests.

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

Turtle Gallery Hosts Artists Reception on Sept. 6

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The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will host a reception at on Sunday, September 6 at 2 p.m. to celebrate George Hardy, Deer Isle Folk Artist; Peter Kemble, Digital Printmaker; and John Guthrie, Painter on Wood. In addition, the gallery will host its 33rd Annual Group Show of Gallery Artists, showing numerous works in all media. This show runs through Columbus Day weekend.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Location is 61 North Deer Isle Road. Check out the website www.theturtlegallery.com for more information.

 

“Then and Now” Brings Historical Photographic Processes to Ellsworth

 

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Lisa Tyson Ennis, Sunken Weir, Study XI, Campobello, silver gelatin print

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Then and Now:” Historical Photographic Processes by Lisa Tyson Ennis and Alan Vlach, which highlights two contemporary Maine-based photographers working with historic photographic processes. In addition, the best work by gallery artists from the gallery summer shows will be on view, including works by Philip Frey, William Irvine, John Neville, Linda Packard, Rosie Moore, Judy Belasco, and Colin Page among others. The exhibition opens Thursday, October 10, with an artist’s reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and an artist’s talk immediately following the reception at 6 p.m. with Ennis and Vlach. The event is free and open to the public.

Lisa Tyson Ennis uses large and medium format cameras, black and white film, and hand-made toners. She works in extremely low light situations with extended exposures to collect changing light, the primary subject of her ethereal gelatin silver prints, a photographic process dominate from the 1880s to 1960s.

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Alan Vlach, Cliff Walk, Near Western Point, salted paper

Alan Vlach uses several historic processes, including platinum/palladium, kallitype, cyanotype, photopolymer gravure, and salted paper, a paper-based photographic process dominate from 1839 through the 1860s. His salt prints, which are in Then and Now, were also in The Winslow Homer Studio Project at the Portland Museum of Art. Two of Vlach’s salt prints are in the museum’s permanent collection. A selection of tintypes by Ennis and photopolymer gravure prints by Vlach will also be on view.

“Then and Now” is the third photography show presented this summer at Courthouse Gallery in conjunction with The Maine Photo Project, a statewide photography collaboration among museums, art galleries, historical societies, artists, collectors, and other arts organizations across Maine taking place throughout 2015.

Also showing is “Patrick McArdle: Figures & Form,” which celebrates the centennial of Patrick McArdle (1915-1997). Often compared to Matisse, McArdle’s figures exhibit a similar feeling of movement and presence, or as one critic for Art News put it, “they are…whimsical comments on equilibrium and human manners. McArdle attended the Art Student’s League where he was a pupil of Hans Hoffmann. McArdle lived and painted in Maine during his later years. His work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Museum of Art and Indiana University Museum of Art.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. For more information on hours or upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com.

“Civilized Nature” Brings Eclectic Mix to Stable Gallery

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The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta is pleased to present its latest show “Civilized Nature” which will be on display through Wednesday, September 16.
Featured in this show are the paintings of Roz Welsh, Hati Modr, Bob Thomas and Helene Farrar.Brandon Lutterman, Bernice Rosenthal and Arielle Cousens will be showing their varied and unique sculptures and David Jacobson’s beautiful glass work will also be on display. Charles Durfee is showing his fine furniture and David Pollock has wonderful wooden tableware and utensils. Rounding out the show is Ned Baxter’s carefully woven basketwork.
The gallery is located at 26 Water Street. For more information, visit www.stablegallerymaine.com

Smart Studio Presents “The Colors of Maine”

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“The Colors of Maine” exhibit at Smart Studio in Northeast Harbor continues through September 8. This exhibit shows the variety and beauty of Maine in different seasons and with the changes of weather.

Paintings glow with color as the gallery artists exhibit their renditions of gardens, autumn foliage, rough seas and quiet foggy scenes. Most paintings were chosen that have a dominate color scheme of one or two colors to highlight the colors of their palettes. The bright golds and reds of autumn contrast with the soft pinks and greens of spring. Summer paintings are bold with dashing blue seas or quiet with damp gray fogs. Colorful gardens explode with many hues, depending on the gardeners design.

The gallery is located at 137 Main Street in Northeast Harbor. For more information, please call (207) 664-4907.

Betts Gallery Features “Aarhus Revisited”

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“Yah” by Wesley Reddick

Betts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Aarhus Revisited,” an exhibition featuring new works from the original artist partners of Aarhus Gallery in Belfast. The show runs through September 19.

Annadeene Konesni Fowler, Wes Reddick, Willy Reddick, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Kevin Johnson, Ingrid Ellison and Abbie Read reunite for this special show which features the latest work from this group of talented artists, and honors their vision for the exploration of art, poetry and music.

Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street, Belfast. Enter through YoMamma’s on Main Street, or the Beaver Street entrance across from the public parking lot.

Let’s Make Gelatin Prints!

 

untitledThe Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, a monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

September’s Second Sunday event is “Gelatin Prints” lead by Lisa Wheeler. On Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell for gelatin printing; a versatile, experimental hand printing process that yields exciting surprises! Artists of all ages will create a collection of colorful monoprints layering colors, textures and images. Come with a sense of adventure and see what unfolds!
Lisa Wheeler manages arts programming as the education program coordinator at Common Street Arts in Waterville. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and Maine General’s new Regional Hospital.

Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These sessions take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.  If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email at kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Callas Receives Maine Arts Commission Project Grant

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“Our Inner Fish,” Installation from MDI Biological Laboratory’s Art Meets Science Exhibit

Sculptor Kimberly Callas received a Maine Arts Commission Project Grant which she will use to turn an ecological portrait into bronze.

Says Callas, “After working for many years with transient material, such as birch bark and wasp paper, I am struck by my emotional response to the longevity of this traditional material and the possibility that this work will be able to effect generations beyond my life time.

“The grant will go towards completing a bronze cast of my ‘ecological portrait’ of scientist James Coffman, Ph.D. titled The Sea From Whence We Came. Many of you may be familiar with this project and/or have contributed to it through my Portrait of the Ecological Self Hatchfund Campaign. Jim and I have been collaborating since Feb. 2015, responding to his research on the effects of early chronic stress. The portrait is inspired by Jim’s research and his test organism, the zebra fish. The current exhibit is up until September 30. The final bronze portrait will be completed this winter and exhibited at the 2016 Art Meets Science Exhibit at MDI Biological Laboratory.

I’m grateful to the Maine Arts Commission for helping to bring this art and science collaboration project to completion,” she concluded.

“Surfs Up” at Camden Falls Gallery

Hill1“Gull Rock Surf” by Alison Hill. Oil on linen, 30″ x 40″
What subject matter could be more cliché than crashing waves on rugged rocks? In Maine, artists repeatedly try to capture on canvas the power and intensity of the sea. While many consider surf scenes to be a tired genre, the paintings in Camden Falls Gallery’s late summer show, “Surf’s Up” serve to dispel these preconceived notions. Through September 17, the exhibition features work by new gallery artists Stan Moeller and Scott Moore, along with paintings by Alison Hill, Guy Corriero, and other gallery artists.
Stan Moeller, who recently joined the gallery, has an extensive background in plein air painting. He has conducted workshops abroad in Tuscany and the south of France, and was awarded a painting residency in Brittany. He recently taught a master class at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, entitled “En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape.” About his work, Stan writes, “I love the way light works… and folds around the human form.”
Moeller’s featured painting in “Surf’s Up” is a 36” x 48” oil on linen, entitled “Maine’s Rocky Coast.” In this work, craggy cliffs demarcated by strong, warm browns and grays contrast with the roiling surf. A cooler application of aqueous blues and greens stretching to a distant, hazy horizon evokes the freedom of open water along a wild coastline. In two of Moeller’s smaller works, the focus is on singular waves crashing against rugged rocks. The explosive spray at the center of these images conveys the powerful force of the sea as it strikes the land.
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Our second featured artist, Scott Moore, comes with an artistic pedigree; both his parents engaged in design careers in Washington, DC. Scott’s mother was a fashion illustrator and his father was an Art Director for the Institute of Heraldry. Moore received his BFA from the Maine College of Art and has made coastal Maine his home for over forty years. His facility with painting landscape and figurative subjects has been recognized and honored with many recent exhibitions from Bar Harbor, ME to Charleston, SC. Moore was asked to be a consulting artist for Maine’s Percent for Art program, and he recently curated the show “Four Maine Painters” for the Maine Audubon Gallery.
Moore’s evident affection for the rugged Down East shoreline is apparent in the fresh eye he brings to interpreting details. In his vibrant new work, “Surge” (which was painted in Acadia National Park  just off the Loop Road, looking back towards Sand Beach), the sea itself becomes the primary compositional element. Locked in structurally by hard edges of rock on both sides, we sense the tension and power of the waves being forced through a narrow gap to surge upon the boulder-strewn shore. With sure, unfussy brushstrokes, Moore records the chaos of the inflow of one wave interacting with the eddying remnant of the previous wave, surrounded by sunlit spruce and ledge.
Alison Hill, a year-round resident of Monhegan Island, painted her sizable 30” x 40” entry in this show, “Gull Rock Surf,” en plein air, after traipsing all the way to Burnt Head (on the far side of the island) carrying her supplies and canvas along rutted island paths. Painting outside with constant changes in light and atmosphere is daunting enough, but to work on a canvas this size out-of-doors is a Hurculean task.
The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden. For more information, visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com 

Artist Receptions for Skaar + Rubeck on First Friday

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Anneli Skaar and Shari Weschler Rubeck will be at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland for the First Friday Art Walk, September 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. From Sept. 4-30, Anneli Skaar will have a for a first floor solo show “Civil Twilight” featuring paintings from a 2015 winter trip to Svalbard, an archipelago midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The reception with the artist will be held on First Friday, September 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Arctic islands’ polar nights were the inspiration for this series of paintings, and Anneli specifically chose to travel there when the sun just peeks over the horizon for a brief presentation before sinking back into darkness. Approximately 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers and the islands feature many mountains and fjords.  Her paintings are in various shades of the same hue – a cool blue that transports the viewer right into the dimly lit snowfields of a frozen land. The work is quiet, but the wind whispers “danger.”

Anneli has traveled to Norway many times, but this long awaited journey was her first trip to Svalbard. She was born in San Francisco, California in 1969 to Norwegian immigrants and raised fluent in Norwegian. Due to her strong connection to her ancestral home in Scandinavia, Anneli moved to Norway and was accepted to the National Academy of Arts in Oslo where she received her B.A. in graphic design and illustration.

During this time she also lived and worked at the Oslo studio of the extraordinarily talented and controversial Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum. This experience left an indelible mark on her perspective as an artist and designer. She later worked in residence at the British School in Rome, Italy, focusing on intaglio printmaking. She now owns and operates her own design studio in Maine and continues to grow her career as a fine artist.

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Shari Weschler Rubeck has a solo show upstairs at Carver Hill Gallery from September 4-30.. The reception with the artist will be held on First Friday, September 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.. The title of the show is “SUM OF ITS PARTS – A Figural Exploration of Human Traits.”

The works included in this exhibit represent parts of the whole, various aspects of humanness; the Ego, Communicator, Performer and Animal.  Delving into how we are growing closer together globally yet individually farther apart as our heads bow down to devices. Shari has been working on four different series to coincide with these aspects – New Beginning, Alter Egos, Bunni, and Circus Freaks.

“New Beginning” searches to explore the history and future of communication. “Alter Egos” came from Shari’s belief that the ego is a slowly developed, reflected translation of our “Self” through society’s eye and voice.  She believes that some of us have more than one – hence Alter Ego.  We build, imagine, create, but we destroy, fall and retreat. Bunni emerged after a short hiatus, as a large rabbit head partially obscuring a face. Bunni became the story teller; possibly to salvage the connection between us and nature.

The last series in the show is “Circus Freaks and Tudors”, which are the performers. Tudors find themselves crossing into Shari’s other series, as well.  These pieces derive from her background as a dancer, growing up in a family that was well tuned in to live NYC theatre and dance.  Her grandmother was a Prima ballerina who danced with Balanchine, and Shari spent time back stage drinking in the wonder of character transformation. “Circus Freaks and Tudors embody my passion for costumes, masks, the macabre, off centeredness, backstage chaos and additionally, the many mysteries of the animal world; how We relate to Them and how They relate to Us.  We are all mask wearers, parading the ‘front of our stage’, as a mess or two hide behind the veil; a Freak Show of sorts.”

Gallery hours are Monday through  Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 338 Main Street. For more information, call (207) 594-7745.

Belfast Area Farm + Art Tour

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Belfast Creative Coalition hosts: Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11 of Columbus Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes open studios, farm tours and special workshops and demonstrations. Southern Waldo County locations will be on Saturday and Northern Waldo County on Sunday.

Highlights this year include: David Estey, Kenny Cole, Betsy Levine and David Jacobson. Visitors are encouraged to bring their families and visit artists working in their studios, see a glass blowing demonstration or learn how to make jewelry.

Tour maps will be available for download from the website or to pick up a printed map at the Belfast Visitor Center, 14 Main Street, Belfast. This is a free event and donations are appreciated.

Summer Island Studio Hosts Thelander on 2nd Friday

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Lilliana Thelander will be joining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans in Brunswick for the month of September.  An Artist Reception and opening will be held Friday, September 11, Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk; wine, cheese and hors d’oerves will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thelander, originally from Venezuela, moved to mid coast Maine with her husband and children in 2006. She was first introduced to art by creating stained glass; she was fascinated with the way the light came through, making the colors radiant, like a prism. She is drawn to subjects she paints by the same luminous quality of light and hue. Thelander loves to closely examine and is fascinated with marbles, bottles, eyes, glass, and objects that are part of our everyday living.

Working with oils allows her to render subjects in vivid colors by applying layers of glazes creating the illusion of depth. Thelander’s detailed renditions invite the viewer in for a closer look; her intent with her paintings is to go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.

If you have any questions, call Patti at (207) 373-1810. The gallery is located at Tontine Mall, 149 Maine St, Brunswick.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk on Sept. 4

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As the season transitions from summer to fall, Rockland’s vibrant collection of art and galleries continue to promote the city as a destination for the arts. September’s First Friday Art Walk will be on September 4, with most of Rockland’s galleries open, in addition to their regular hours, from 5 to 8 p.m.  A list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Pemaquid Art Gallery Exhibits Kilburn + Loznicka

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“Monhegan Roses” by Jan Kilburn

Pemaquid Gallery member artists with their own studio/galleries in the midcoast area include Jan Kilburn, Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and Marlene Loznicka, on Huddle Road, New Harbor. Both are Maine natives, long time professional artists with extensive teaching experience. They also share a love of Monhegan Island, as well as the mainland coast where they both currently reside.

Jan Kilburn is best known for her impressionistic watercolors, filled with the vibrant colors and values she captures as a plein aire painter. Although most are in the landscape mode, her paintings are also full of the quaint architecture, cottage gardens and picket fences so loved by visitors to Maine villages. While she paints primarily in watercolor, she also finds oil a good medium for recording her impressionistic images.

Whether she is capturing the misty light of a Monhegan Island morning, or the sparkling light on a sunny day at Pemaquid Lighthouse, Kilburn is aiming at creating an oasis of beauty and warmth for herself and the viewer. As she states, “Every now and then everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape. That’s what I want to create.”

Marlene Loznicka became interested in painting at an early age, watching her father, and a group of Ogunquit artists, as they painted. She is also inspired by a wide range of fine artists including Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargeant. Like Kilburn, she paints in both watercolors and oils. She pursued her art education at the North Carolina State School of Design and LaRomita School of Art in Italy. She was also artist in residence at the Vermont Studio School.

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Marlene Loznicka’s painting “Susan’s Garden”

Loznicka’s paintings show a mastery of composition and color. While her subject matter can range from birds and seashore to pasture and farm animals, the viewer will enjoy the pure abstract shapes created by these images for their own sake as much as for the subject matter. The many “small works” in oil that she shows at Pemaquid, as well as her larger works, are bold and compelling, inviting the viewer into her unique perspective.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of these two artists as well as that of the following area artists: Sally Loughridge, Liliana Thelander, Hannah Ineson, Robert Vaughan, Jean Harris, Pande Stevens, Trudi Curtis, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Patti Leavitt, Bill Curtis, Will Kefauver, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Peggy Farrell, Deb Arter, Bobbie Applegate, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Ernest Thompson, Claire Hancock, Stephen Busch, Judy Nixon, Barbara Klein, Paul Sherman, Dianne Smith Dolan, Viola Glendinning, Mark Chesebro,  Bernice Masse Rosenthal, Marnie Sinclair.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“A Season of Color” in Boothbay Harbor

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Beginning Thursday, September 3, “A Season Of Color: Paintings By Andrea Peters and Tom Curry” opens at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. The show runs through October 13. The public is cordially invited to the opening reception on Friday, September 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.—Monhegan Brewing Beer and music under the gazebo!

East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows—salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Look at a Peters spruce tree and really see one for the first time—dark, rugged, and wild. Or marvel at a drift of orange daylilies and white daisies spilling over mauve ledges.

Peters loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint—her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon. Perhaps the late arts writer Phil Isaacson, a great admirer of Peters’ work, says it best: “Peters’ Maine coast wriggles with color. Hues pile up in layers and then ease their way along the hide of the land. Her style is gestural, spontaneous, and that quality builds a visual tempo. The Maine coast has become a center of visual energy.”

Artist Tom Curry is right at home in the tiny village of Brooklin on the spectacular, but remote Blue Hill peninsula. With degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale and long stretches in both Hawaii and Boston behind him, Curry is now most content painting the islands and peninsulas of this particularly stunning stretch of Down East Maine.

Here the solitude and natural beauty have inspired Curry to paint some of the most stunning landscapes made in Maine. Curry’s genius is his ability to capture the fleeting light and atmospheric effects of Maine’s volatile weather. Curry’s sunlight dances across the water; his sunsets glow, linger, and dazzle; while his ice-choked bays gleam with chilly silvers and grays.

The Maine coast has thousands of islands, but one island in particular—Chatto Island off Brooklin—inspires Tom Curry more than any other. He has done dozens of paintings of Chatto. For “A Season of Color,” Curry has given the gallery two large oils and three smaller paintings of Chatto, including “Dusk,” a 36-by-43-inch oil on panel, that is breath-taking.

For further information, call the gallery at (207) 633-6849. Gleason Fine Art, located at 31 Townsend Avenue is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 p.m, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 p.m.

 

 

 

Winings Gallery presents “Belonging to Time”

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Cynthia Winings Gallery’s new group exhibition, “Belonging To Time,” features contemporary artists whose work includes painting, drawing, and collage. This is the last exhibition of the season, and the public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, August 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the gallery in Blue Hill.

The Maine artists being exhibited are: Ingrid Ellison, Carol Pelletier, and Pat Wheeler. Also included is new artwork from Daniel Anselmi, Josephine Burr, David Hornung, Heather Lyon, and Lari Washburn. With artwork from Louise Bourne, Hannah Burr, Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Kate Emlen, Roberta Amina Greany, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Justin Richel, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, and Goody-B. Wiseman.

The gallery is located at 24 Parker Point Road. For more information, please visit www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com/

“Wanting the Sea” Makes a Splash at Whitney Gallery

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The Whitney Galleries in Wells continues its 2015 season with two events for the month of August.  The second, its seventh show for the season is called “Wanting the Sea.”  It is the first show for Adrienne Kernan La Vallee.
“Wanting the Sea,” offers a unique view into the world of La Vallee.  She has been with the Whitney Galleries for close to two years now.  Her use of oils on canvas with a pallet knife or brush capture her longing to become part of her ocean surroundings.   The coastal waterfront scenes draw you right into the world she so loves. La Vallee’s use of marine colors is truly breathtaking. You won’t want to miss her view of the beautiful subjects she has selected to capture her ‘Wanting the Sea.”
The show runs through Sunday, September 13. The gallery is located at 1810 Post Road. Hours are Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (207) 216-9022.

“In Flux” Opens at Littlefield Gallery on Aug. 23

NIGHT RIVERwebRoy Germon’s “Night River”
Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor celebrates its seventh season with an artist’s reception Friday, August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Roy Germon “In Flux.” The show runs from August 23 through September 21.

Roy Germon had a rural upbringing in the foothills of the Berkshires in Northwestern CT. Drawn to more urban environs he moved to NYC to attend The School of Visual Arts where he earned his B.F.A. in illustration and painting in 1990. He stayed on in New York and worked as a freelance illustrator for the next 13 years. His illustrations were published widely in nationally in magazine, books and newspapers.

While working as an illustrator he explored printmaking pursued his interest in art conservation but by the late 1990s had turned his primary artistic focus back to painting.  In 2003 with a wife and two young children it seemed time to relocate to a less chaotic landscape to pursue his art and raise his family.

“In my paintings, I am more likely to rely on the strength of a broad brushstroke over a finely drawn detail of the landscape,” said Germon. “Invented color relationships often win out over a more exact palate found in nature. Though many of the locations in my paintings have real and emotional significance to me, ultimately my paintings are ideas of those places, transformed by my systems of organization and mark making. My manipulation of ‘place’ is both intentional and intuitive and the most successful works comprise equal parts observation, imagination and discovery.”

Littlefield Gallery is located at 145 Main Street and open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery will close on Monday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m.