Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth is showing “Lynne Drexler: In Shore,” with an opening reception Thurs. Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 pm. The show runs through August 26, 2015. Selected paintings and works on paper including early works from 1957. Lynne Mapp Drexler (1928 – 1999) was an American artist who studied with Robert Motherwell and Hans Hoffman. Like many other women artists living and working in New York in the late 1950s, Drexler work was often overlooked. In 1971 she and then husband, John Hultberg bought a house on Monhegan Island. In 1981 Drexler moved to Monhegan to live there year round.For more information visit oceanhousegallery.com.
Artist America Martin returns to Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, for her fourth solo show, opening on First Friday, August 7, 2015, from 5 – 8 PM. Her last solo show was two years ago.
America Martin is 35 years old, and widely collected internationally. After early success as a Hollywood actor, a precocious Martin declared that “she was an artist” before she hit two digits old. At age 9, she discovered a book on Van Gogh at a yard sale and the creative floodgates opened. Her bedroom was transformed into an artist’s studio, and she began devouring the paints in school like life support. Major creative forces around her were responding to her work, and art collectors and big names in show business were supporting it. Martin has not disappointed. She has a fierce work ethic and unquenchable thirst for learning. She can be found listening to everything from contemporary music to Winston Churchill lectures while she paints. All of it makes its way into the work in one form or another.
“America Martin’s work, past and present, is a welcome assault on our senses, and with each new piece she seems determined to raise the stakes, blitzkrieging any assumptions we might impose or any containment we might devise. Not one who glares or gloats or rails… her greatest tool is reflection, and through intense observation she finds enrichment in the common, fulfillment in the flawed and joy in complexity – all of which is transmuted onto canvas and paper where it lives in human figure and form.”
Art critic Stacy Davies
The work in this show has quiet complexity. Though the colors are frequently bold and the line-work strong, the paintings have a way of calling attention to themselves without breathing all of the air out of a room. The figures are not necessarily identifiable, but even without knowing who they are, America absolutely captures something in their gaze and gesture that one might assume is the essence of who they are. Portraits and figure paintings can feel un-actualized, but there is an undeniable intention in America Martin’s work to connect on a human level.
“In this show I will be exhibiting large works in oil & acrylic on canvas – using bold colors and line to communicate the essence of the subject, but always leaving enough room for the viewer to engage, and allowing the piece to be discovered. I look forward to attending the show to rediscover friends, more hikes and low tide magical moments that this part of the country has to offer.”
The gallery will also feature several new works on paper in this show, from smaller works to paintings as large as 7 feet. Show runs through September 1, but Martin is a represented artist at Carver Hill and will be on exhibit upstairs through the fall.
“Moody’s Diner” (Oil on panel, 12″x 16″) – Graziano
As summer hits full stride along the midcoast, Camden Falls Gallery is showcasing two contemporary realist oil painters. Dan Graziano and Peter Yesis have homes and studios separated by Penobscot Bay.
Graziano, born in Chicago, spent his formative years in Los Angeles, absorbing the vibrant maelstrom of cultural and political influences that were wrought during the 60s and 70s. The layered complexity of the urban landscape has long held a fascination for Graziano. The passage of time as evidenced by architectural styles side by side in various stages of decay and restoration, reflects, for Dan, the richness of a city’s distinctive history. A respect for tradition, character, and authenticity is evidenced not only in his paintings but is also echoed in his passion for playing blues guitar.
Dan writes, “…I look for unique compositions which involve dramatic contrasts of light, shadow and perspective.” A juxtaposition of strong architectural shapes and creative use of perspective can be found in Graziano’s oil on panel, “Moody’s Diner.” Moody’s, a local landmark in the midcoast, is transformed into a theatrical nightscape of lurid flame pigments against darkly shadowed background shapes. If Stephen King and Edward Hopper spawned a painting, this starkly lit composition could be the result.
Graziano has exhibited this year in New York City at The Salamagundi Club. In 2014 his work was featured at five plein air shows and auctions from Hilton Head, SC to Hudson, NY.
“Working It” (Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″) – Yesis
Our other featured artist, Peter Yesis, works out of his home studio in Searsport. Although originally a native of New Jersey, Peter is now a year-round resident on the coast of Maine. His strong attraction to rugged ledge and swelling surf draws Yesis to hidden coves near Schoodic Point, Acadia and other dramatic locales where he can respond “en plein air” with his unique, quiet painterly vision.
Peter’s style does not call attention to itself, but rather, draws the viewer into a deeper visual relationship with the subject matter at hand. Each interaction of shoreline and sea throws up another intricate puzzle to resolve for Peter. The swirling wave and splash patterns of the sea are the intricate focus of Peter’s work, “Nightcaps”, which beckons viewers to share in the artist’s fascination with this most mercurial of elements. Peter writes, “When I am painting… my goal is to draw the viewers’ eyes to the underlying beauty, as I interpret it, and hold their attention long enough so they can discover and feel something of their own.”
Yesis is a member of The International Guild of Realism and Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of Maine.
Both Graziano and Yesis tend to work on canvases of moderate scale. The quiet power of their work belies their size. Come investigate these two contemporary realists and let yourself be guided through their favorite secret haunts and private painting venues.
“From Two Sides of The Bay,” showcasing work by Dan Graziano and Peter Yesis, can be seen at Camden Falls Gallery, located at 5 Public Landing in Camden ME. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 6 pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027. or camdenfallsgallery.com
“Belgian, French, Dutch and American Impressionism” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, August 8th. Impressionist views of the Netherlands, Paris and New York will be exhibited alongside views of Venice and the French countryside.
Of particular note is a richly painted oil by Belgian artist Albert Roosenboom (1845-1875). Roosenboom died at the young age of 30 years at the height of his artistic success. “Contemplation” depicts an elegant woman in a white flowing dress reclining on a chaise lounge. Her cat sleeps peacefully at her side adding to the ambiance of the sumptuous interior. Contrasting Roosenboom’s quiet work is Robert Henri’s delightful, small oil of bustling New York Harbor. A tugboat is seen chugging past in the foreground against the backdrop of tall ships and an ocean liner. Henri was a leading figure in the Ashcan School and “The Eight” in New York City. His writings and teaching at the Art Students League influenced generations of American painters.
Exploring impressionism freely between North American and the Continent are works by Charles Ebert (1873-1959) capturing spring Rhododendrons along the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, Cesare Villacres (1880-1941) depicting the horses and carriages and crowds in front of the Paris Opera House, and Joseph Pennell’s (1857-1926) view of the streets of London.
Other important American and European artists featured in the exhibition include Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), Walter Dean (1854-1912), Aart Bijl (1885-1962), Sears Gallagher (1869-1955), John Whorf (1903-1959), Romeo Dumoulin (1883-1944) and John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972).
“Belgian, French, Dutch and American Impressionism” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery through September 18th. For more information call 207-882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily 10:00 am until 5:30 pm, and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo exhibitions: Jeffery Becton: Border World; Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More; and Judy Belasco: Near and Far, as well as new work by Janice Anthony, Philip Frey, Jessica Ives, Linda Packard, and Robert Shillady. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 12 from 5–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Jeffery Becton: Border World Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, photographer Jeffery Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history. The show will run in conjunction with the launch of Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House, a new book on his work and career. The gallery will host the book launch, and a book signing and talk with Jeffery Becton with an introduction by Carl Little. The event will take place at the gallery on August 20 from 4:30-6:30pm.
Becton is pioneer in the field of fine-art photography. Beginning in the early 1990s, the new digital tools allowed Becton to experiment with the layering of visual information. Using scans of his photography and other materials, Becton merged and manipulated these elements to create surreal scenarios evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. The layering of these elements offers form to visual ambiguities, reexamines the boundaries of mixed media, and creates altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.
Writer Deborah Weisgall offers a beautiful description on Becton’s work in the book’s foreword: “Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . .Walls, floors, and ceilings open to the elements—and to the imagination. They provide a framework but no shelter; they are lit with the clarity of memory. What we see depends on what we bring to the act of seeing: what memories, what desires, what emotions. Becton is really exploring our own permeability.”
Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.
Rosie Moore: Maine, Mexico, and More This solo exhibition of Moore’s recent work brings together her love of Maine and Mexico, two divergent sources of inspiration for her lively oil paintings. Mexico offers another rich source of vibrant color and intricate pattern, which dominate Moore’s harmonious scenes of harbors and interiors.
Judy Belasco: Near and Far Judy Belasco, who is best known for her sublime seascapes of Maine’s coastline and estuaries, continues to explore Maine’s coastline and estuaries, as well as oceans, seas, ponds, lakes, and canals from her recent travels to Italy, Canada, and Australia. Belasco’s mature flower garden in Maine also provides new inspiration and sources of color.
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.
As part of its summer exhibition schedule, Haynes Galleries is pleased to present “Celebrating Art of Women by Women.” The exhibition will present paintings, drawings and sculptures of women by women artists. It was inspired by Women Painting Women, an art group and website that promotes contemporary women artists that paint in the figurative tradition.
The exhibit will be on view from August 14 to September 19 at Haynes Galleries at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. An opening reception will take place the evening of August 14, from 5 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
This will be the second time Haynes Galleries has hosted an exhibition of Women Painting Women artists. The first, presented in the summer and fall of 2013, was received with such enthusiasm from artists and collectors that this second show was soon planned. With an expanded roster of participating artists and a host of new works, this show is bound to surpass the first in depth, craft, and beauty.
“These artists are redefining what it means to be a woman artist working today,” says Gary R. Haynes, gallery owner. “They are tackling themes, challenging preconceived notions, and forging new paths. But they each have their own distinct voice.”
Sophie Ploeg’s love of art history, particularly Dutch portraiture, means the past plays an important role in her paintings. But she uses this inspiration to explore modern sensibilities and themes. In The Guest, a woman pulls a lifelike mask away from her face revealing her own features, a clever and thought provoking commentary on the many faces women must wear.
Whether in clay, plaster, or bronze, Alicia Ponzio’s sculptures never fail to amaze. Classically trained at the Florence Academy of Art, Ponzio understands the human body and manipulates it to create visually stunning and emotionally rich sculptures. Her latest works will appear in “Celebrating Art of Women by Women” including In a Still Field, a single nude bronze elegantly bounding through space.
As a mother of 4, Catherine Haverkamp explores themes of motherhood and children growing up in her paintings. Lion Heart, a portrait of one of her children, is an image of a girl on the verge of womanhood, looking towards her unknown future and facing it head on.
As she paints, Cindy Procious strives to faithfully depict what she sees and what she feels. Dreams of Nereid, Procious’s contemporary take on a mythological sea nymph is as much about the female form and play of light underwater as it is about weightless elegance.
Showing at Haynes Galleries for the first time are Teresa Oaxaca and Tina Spratt. Oaxaca’s elaborate paintings combine the figure with still life elements. Frequently the compositions and accessories are spontaneous with the specific model occupying a certain idea in Oaxaca’s mind. The finished work like Summer is then a bold mix of colors, costumes, instinct and intuition.
Tina Spratt exclusively paints the female form. Her paintings are glimpses of intimacy and fleeting moments when a person is unaware of being observed. The ambiguity of her scenes, like Unmasked, ask the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions and evoke an emotional connection with the model.
“Celebrating Art of Women by Women” is much more than just a collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings by women artists active today. It’s an exhibition of provocative, compelling, and engaging art that covers the variety of issues that affect women today. There’s no single voice but rather a conversation of interested parties, a conversation that is only happening at Haynes Galleries.
Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, in Thomaston. For more information, email email@example.com, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.
Art Space Gallery invites you to the July opening reception on Friday, August 7th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature four member artists in the front room, Jean Byrd, Lara Max, Charlene (Sea) Vanderslice, Janalee Welch.
Jean Byrd is a traditional oil painter who captures her love for the New England coast in her work. For Lara Max working with sheet metals has become a fascination, as she creates forms inspired by nature. She enjoys the way light, shadow and reflection are just as much apart of the sculpture as the characteristics of the metals and the design.
Charlene Vanderslice (nicknamed “Sea”) is a lifelong Ocean Advocate after two trips round the world on water in her 20’s. She paints beach scenes and detailed portraits of the endangered creatures beneath the waves. “I am the voice of the voiceless denizens of the deep.” Every year Sea donates 30% of her proceeds to help save the oceans. Janalee Welch’s newest work consists of images depicting scenic views, both inland and along the shore. Using a soft palette of blues and sharp contrasting light, Janalee has created an atmoshere of senenity and calm.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. August hours are 11am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.
The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill is pleased to present a group exhibition, Elemental Forces, featuring the artwork of Douglas Florian, Suzanne Laura Kammin, R. Brown Lethem, Diane Bowie Zaitlin, and Dudley Zopp.
Elemental Forces features contemporary artists from Maine, New York, and New Jersey, and whose work includes painting, drawing, and collage. The dynamic formal qualities of these artworks inspired this group exhibition. This is the third exhibition at the gallery this summer, and I am grateful to be a part of the vibrant artistic culture of the peninsula. The artist-owned Cynthia Winings Gallery is located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Elemental Forces will be on view through August 28. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.204.4001
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to host the launch of “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House,” a new book on the work and career of photographer Jeffery Becton. The launch will be held at the gallery on Thursday, August 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will consist of a book signing and a talk by Jeffery Becton with an introduction by author Carl Little. The talk begins at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Author Carl Little offers a compelling account of Becton’s progress as an artist, from his studies in graphic design and photography at Yale in the 1970s to the creation of his signature digital montages over the past twenty-five years. He explores Becton’s fascination with vintage New England houses and their furnishings, and how the artist draws upon his surroundings on the coast of Maine and elsewhere to create surreal scenarios that hark back to René Magritte, as well as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
Appreciations by art writer and novelist Deborah Weisgall; Dan Mills, director of the Bates College Museum of Art; and art critic Peter Plagens help complete this portrait of a master of photo-based art. Published by Marshall Wilkes of Ellsworth, the book features 68 reproductions of Becton’s work—montages that invite you to explore his enigmatic world in The Farthest House.
The book launch will be held in conjunction with Jeffery Becton: Border World, a solo exhibtion at Courthouse Gallery of Becton’s recent work. The exhibiton runs through September 6.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street. For more information, visit www.courthousegallery.com/
The George Marshall Store Gallery’s midsummer exhibitions present the work of four well-established New England artists. Brenda Garand and Gerald Auten are colleagues at Dartmouth College and are exhibiting their work together for the first time. Her suspended sculptures and his large graphite drawings are installed in the front room of the gallery. Seventeen small, oil on panel paintings by area artist Stuart Ober are displayed in the smaller gallery, which looks over the York River. A selection of paintings and drawings by University of New Hampshire professor Craig Hood are arranged in what is known as the “dock level gallery” space. The exhibitions continue through Sunday, August 23.
Garand’s sculpture selected for this exhibition combine wire, silk, threads and other found materials. The forms she creates by wiring these elements together are suspended away from the wall with steel armatures that resemble tines of a pitchfork. She makes these steel supports and although they are the mechanics to support the sculpture they are perfectly integrated into the overall design. “Suspension of Disbelief #1” and “#2” are mounted high up on the gallery walls. At the center of both are large wasp nests that are surrounded by a swirl of small pieces of silk and knotted threads. As with all of her pieces, the cascading shadows add to the sense of movement and grace.
Large graphite drawings by Gerald Auten share the same gallery space with Garand’s sculptures. The artist uses graphite pencils and powders on hot-pressed paper surfaces. By combining various geometric shapes he creates bold images that have multiple dimension. The graphite surfaces are polished to a dense gloss so that they resemble metal or worn leather. In other areas, the graphite is lightly smudged across white areas of the paper.
Stuart Ober’s small oil paintings depict personal spaces and places where he lives and works. There is a stillness and quiet to Ober’s work even when they are documenting the aftermath of a dramatic event. Four chairs tumble down a narrow staircase in “Blue Chairs Descending Staircase No. 2.” There is no sense of the clatter and violence of the event. The chairs are firmly wedged into their final resting place. In “Car Fire, Mile 34,” one can see smoke rising from the other side of the center guard rail, the view is taken from a car stuck in the ensuing traffic. These scene make one ask questions such as “What has happened, who did it, and now what happens.”
A totally different atmosphere attracts our attention in the paintings and drawings by Craig Hood as the scenes he paints are partially obscured by an atmospheric haze. An observer must mentally draw this ethereal curtain aside to make out the scene beyond. These are mysterious, desolate spaces with a mix of sorrow and humor. One can recognize the same small figure in several of the works. Hood describes these figures as his troop of character actors that he can try out in different narratives. Some are wounded while others are trying to ease the pain.
The Gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road in York. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 351-1083 or visit www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com.
Mars Hall Gallery opens its second in a series of three “4 X 4″ Shows, 4 Artists – 4 Walls – 4 One Person Shows. “4 X 4, Black, White & COLOR” features the works of artists Leo Brooks, Mimo Gordon Riley, Antonia Small and Ron Weaver. A reception will be held on Friday, July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m..
Monhegan and NY artist Leo Brooks (1909-1993) holds a special place in the history of Monhegan Art. He once said, “I don’t think when I paint…….I just arrange the shapes and colors and marks in a way that feels good to me.”
Works from four collections will be on display including recent acquisitions from the estate of a dear friend and collector of his in the Bronx. “Leaf Life”, the latest series of work by Mimo Gordon Riley is her observations of plant life from late summer, imagined through winter and into the longed for beginnings of spring.
She describes the series as, “The interweaving; bits of light and dark which play off each other, reflecting the mystery of all our human entwinings, our forested connections to each other.”
Antonia Small’s black & white photography explores the historical processes of photography. In April she was selected to exhibit in the International Pinhole Photography Show titled,”Exposed”, at the Lumina Gallerie in Vienna, Austria. Works from the show as well as some of her underwater photographs will be featured. The late Ron Weaver studied, taught and exhibited across the US, Canada and Europe.
While earning a BFA and MFA from Yale in the 1960’s, Weaver worked summers on the coast of Maine. He later returned to Maine and purchased a cottage in New Harbor where he produced a large body of Maine paintings. A selection of this work will be display. The show runs through Sunday, August 23.
The Main Gallery will feature “The Ever Evolving Eclectic Extravaganza of ART”. This Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine Antiques and Estate Jewelry. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.
Also on exhibit are block prints by Ken Martin, mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook and Constance Kiermaier, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and cement relief sculpture by Priscilla Cross. The gallery offers a variety of quality crafts including turned & carved wood vessels by Dick Kelly, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed- media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the newly expanded Sculpture Gardens.
A reception will be held on Friday, July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment and is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call (207)372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net
The Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle will be showing the photographs of Jane Yudelman from Tuesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 30 with an Artist’s Reception on Sunday, August 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Now living in Steuben, Yudelman worked professionally for many years in poverty-alleviation programs around the world. She now turns to photography to remind herself of the beauty that exists in a world of economic, social and political injustice. Her photography focuses on discovering abstract expressions of this beauty in the natural world: in small patches of ice, on the water surfaces, among leaves in tidal pools.
Jane’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and has won a number of awards. Her images can be found in corporate collections in Maine and private collections in the United States and Europe.
The Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center District Crossroad, Deer Isle. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.kingmangallery.com
The Kingman Gallery will be hosting tintype photographer, Penn Chan, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. Chan will be set up to take portraits in this historic process popular in the later part of the 19th century. The sitting takes about 20 minutes with the direct positive image set on a piece of metal treated with a light sensitive emulsion. You receive the fixed portrait moments later. Sessions will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 4” x 5” size will accommodate up to 2 people in the portrait, at a cost of $40. Call (207) 348-9333 to book a time. Also on view will be Penn Chan’s 8” x 10” non-portrait tintypes, which include haunting images of flowers, vegetables, butterflies and other images from the natural world.
The Kingman Gallery is located at 117 Center District Crossroad, Deer Isle. For more information, visit www.kingmangallery.com
The doors open at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery on Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m. for the eagerly awaited second annual 12×12 All Members Benefit Show. The public will, once again, have the opportunity to purchase art that measures 12″ x 12″ in size and which retails for $144 per piece, all completed by their favorite local artists.
Unlike most gallery shows, this will be a “pay and take” event; pieces will immediately be taken off the wall as purchased, and these will be replaced with new 12″ x 12″ selections. Thus, visitors are encouraged to stop by often to view new and exciting works of art displayed on a constantly changing basis.
The show runs through Thursday, August 20. On Sunday, August 9, a reception with the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is warmly invited to attend this event at the DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. Call (207) 348-2330, for more information.
“As I See It,” at the DIAA Gallery in Deer Isle, is in its final days. The exhibit, which includes the work of a dozen artists, runs through Thursday, August 6 at 3 p.m.. The Gallery is located at 15 Main Street and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.deerisleartists.com/
On Friday, August 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor hosts a reception for three new shows: “Henry Isaacs: Working Color,” “Carole Hanson: Stone and Sea,” and “Abbey Ryan: New Still Lifes.” All three shows run through Tuesday, September 1.
Cranberry Island artist Henry Issacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork with a palette of blues, mauves, greens, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists working in Maine, or anywhere, today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet.
With multiple degrees, including one from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Isaacs’ background is impressive. Equally impressive is Isaacs’ success as an artist, with commissions that have taken him places near and far, including Africa and Italy. Arts reviewer Dan Kany uses high praise to describe Isaacs: “It’s easy to recognize a painting by artist Henry Isaacs. His style is clear, bold, and interesting. Isaacs is an extraordinary colorist. Consider Isaacs’ ‘May, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.’ It looks something like what you might get if Matisse tried to copy a Van Gogh garden scene using a pastel fauvist palette.
For Isaacs’ show “Working Color, “the artist given the gallery over a dozen paintings, some of them monumental in size, an Isaacs specialty.
Bremen sculptor Carole Hanson is renowned for the beauty of both her forms and her materials, which range from silky marbles to rough Maine field stones. For her show “Stone and Sea,” Hanson has returned to one of her favorite themes, the sea. With “La Mer,” she chose a gorgeous, milky hunk of marble to carve a classically beautiful head of a woman whose gracefully coiled chignon resembles a seashell.
For Hanson, “Beauty is my aim and my end. When selecting a stone, I want to see something from within that radiates the presence of grace. The turn of a natural form, the pleasing shape of a shell, the eloquent play of texture and design, the invitation to touch–this is happiness to me.”
Philadelphia artist Abbey Ryan makes some of the most exquisite still life paintings you will ever see. Her background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in both fine art and medicine, a combination that would have been understood and appreciated by such great Renaissance artists as Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Ryan applies the discipline of science to her art, finding that painting daily provides her with the calm and focus necessary to make the small, gemlike still life and trompe l’oeil paintings she favors. But to say that Ryan accesses her scientific background to create her paintings is to not to mean that her creations are sterile or boring. Look closely at a Ryan pear, for example, and you will see the world in a single piece of fruit: round, sensuous, gently blushed perfection. Or look at her peanut butter and jelly sandwich and understand the pure joy of biting into that nutty, creamy, salty, sweetness.
Ryan’s remarkable skill as an artist has not gone unnoticed. Her paintings have been featured in many books and magazines, notably Oprah Winfrey’s magazine “O.” A very active user of social media, Ryan’s blog has been viewed by over a million visitors from more than 100 countries.
Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue. For more information, call Dennis or Marty Gleason at (207) 633-6849. Help the Gallery celebrate its 30th year in Boothbay Harbor!
Bucksport Arts Festival is one of many events being held this summer that highlights Bucksport’s waterfront and downtown area, and hopes to bring new life to the community through arts and cultural events. Fine artists and craftspeople will line the shores of the waterfront on Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to the artists, food vendors will be located alongside the town marina, and will offer sweet and savory goodies for all to enjoy. A bluegrass band will also perform live on the waterfront from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Artist Renee Lammers has been living and creating in Bucksport since 2010. Her artwork, while stunning, is also unique in that she paints with oils on copper metal panels. Inspired by a 17th century painting she admired at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Renee has spent years perfecting the technique and sharing her craft with other artists. She creates beautiful works of art that will now last lifetimes thanks to the chemistry between oil paints and copper.
Across the river, artist Sarah Koelbl creates sculpted wire jewelry from found objects. Her studio, Sojourn Curiosities, is full of fragments of old china, sea glass, twigs, and shells—all stored in Sarah’s “cabinet of curiosities”, a bright yellow map file cabinet organized by colors and origins. She gathers the materials from a few favorite locations, presumably somewhat near her home and studio, but Sarah keeps her “spots” a closely guarded secret. She uses these found objects, along with wire or other bits of metal, to weave together a story often inspired by nature with color palettes that reflect the changing seasons.
Sarah Koelbl uses these found pottery/china fragments in her jewelry.
These women are just two of the talented artists and craftspeople that have registered to be part of the first Bucksport Arts Festival, which will be an annual event. Both Lammers and Koelbl and are excited to have an event of this kind coming to the waterfront. Lammers describes Bucksport as “the perfect location for an artist to live” and recognizes that despite some recent hurdles, Bucksport is “going to be a thriving town.” Her business, Lammers Gallery, is located on Main St. with Penobscot Bay in its backyard—an important feature to Lammers since she enjoys painting outside and takes daily walks on the beach with her dogs.
It’s hard not to look at Bucksport and see the next Belfast, Camden, or Rockland. Situated on the beautiful Penobscot Bay–within a half hour drive to Bangor, Belfast, or Ellsworth—Bucksport is perfectly positioned to become a destination for artists. Koelbl hopes the town can continue to feel small and welcoming, while offering venues for artists to display their works and encouraging more business and tourism. She sees Bucksport as a place where people choose to stop and spend their time, and is encouraged by the creativity that residents and the Town have already begun to show this summer in the wake of the mill closure last December.
Visit www.bacasmaine.org for more information on the Bucksport Arts Festival.
Dan Miller’s “Under Construction: A Sculpture Retrospective” is on display now at Littlefield Gallery, 145 Main Street, Winter Harbor. An Artist’s Reception takes place Friday, August 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Miller has been visiting Corea, Maine, for the past 55 years. Now into his eighties, he continues to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country. His daily Corea routine is doing his woodblock prints in the morning, eating lunch, and, as he puts it, “works the other side of his brain creating sculpture with wood.” He refers to his prints as his drawings that are representational:taking from the outside in. His sculpture is abstract,working from the inside out. He loves the physical aspect of holding the wood in his hands instead of “distancing” himself with a paint brush.
Miller received an MFA degree in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and graduated from PAFA the following year. Since returning to the Academy as a faculty member in 1964, he has served as instructor in art history, painting and printmaking.
As an administrator, he has fulfilled the duties of Dean of Faculty, Acting Dean of the School, Chairman of the Painting Department, and, since 1998, Chair of the MFA Program. He has had 71 one-person exhibitions involving printmaking and sculpture. His work has has received numerous awards and is in private and public collections around the country.
For more information, visit www.littlefieldgallery.com/
Painting by Norman West
New exhibits will hang at Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on Wednesday, August 5 with a Gala Reception Saturday, August 15, 5-7:30 p.m. The Late Summer Exhibitions run August 5 through September 5, with a number of events during the month including artist talks, workshops, and free video showings. “Black and White” as interpreted by members of the Ogunquit Art Association (OAA), is a thought provoking bending of that idea. Another gallery shows us some color with “OAA Expressions” as the members exhibit fresh new art of the moment.
Long time members Don Gorvett (Woodcuts) and Norman West (Painting) share the North Gallery in side-by-side showcase exhibitions of their work. Don’t miss the artists’ gallery talk Thursday August 13 at 7:30 p.m.
New OAA members Merrill Black Aharonian, Madeleine P. Hopkins, and Wendy Turner, painters, and Richard W. Moore, a photographer, are exhibiting in the member shows for the first time. Meet them and see the work at the gala opening August 15.
Invited New England Sculptors display three-dimensional work in the peaceful and cool outdoor Sculpture Court. And for browsers of small works of art, the Collectors Gallery is always updating with new gems.
For more information, visit www.barngallery.org/