Vox opens “Natural” March 26

 

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The public is invited to an opening reception March 26, 5-7 for “NATURAL.” This show celebrates the earth’s gifts of new life and bounty after Maine’s harsh, monochromatic winter finally gives way. Twenty VoxPhotographs Gallery contemporary photographers will be represented in a show of photo-based works, including traditionally framed and metal prints. The gallery location is 334 Forest Avenue at EcoHome Studio, Portland 04101 Telephone: 207-323-1214 voxphotographs.com
info@voxphotographs.com

Farnsworth [Collective] 2015 BASH: Celebrating Color with Red Baraat

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Red Baraat

On Saturday, March 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s [Collective] membership group will host their 4th annual BASH. This year’s BASH will feature the Brooklyn, NY-based Baghra Funk band Red Baraat, which NPR recently called “the best party band in years.” The 2015 [Collective] BASH, which is open to members and nonmembers alike, will take place at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union Street and Grace Street in Rockland beginning at 8 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from the Hindu festival of Holi, the Farnsworth [Collective] once again brings together midcoast’s creative community, Farnsworth members and fun-seekers for their annual BASH. The [Collective] is a membership group consisting of diverse and dynamic individuals from the mid-coast that have come together to help attract a younger audience to the Farnsworth Art Museum through the presentation of intriguing programs and vibrant social events.

This year, the BASH will feature live music in the form of Red Baraat, an eight-piece brass band from Brooklyn, New York, of which the Village Voice recently said:

“Red Baraat have the locomotion of an army…they’re nonstop revelry for any light soul who can match their boundless energy, a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. The result, needless to say, is completely riotous. Their debut CD, Chaal Baby is an unstoppable blend of Bollywood hijacks and funk freakier than anything Madlib picked up on his trip to India.”

As in the first three [Collective] BASHes, the space will be transformed through installations created by local artists. A dance floor, Indian-themed snacks and two bars will round out the festivities. Tickets to this sure-to-be-sold out event are Free for [Collective] members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit thecollectivebash.com. The 2015 [Collective] BASH is sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda, FMC, Samoset Resort, Strand Theatre and WERU. The Primary Media Sponsor of the [Collective] is Maine Magazine.

Harlow Gallery Presents 12th Annual “Young at Art” K-8 Exhibition

12th Annual Young at Art

Young at Art, the Harlow Gallery’s annual exhibition of children’s artwork will be on view February 28 – March 21, 2015 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Every year since 2003 the gallery has invited art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to be featured in this community-wide celebration of talented young artists. This is the twelfth consecutive year that area students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade will have their work featured in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours at the Harlow Gallery are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 pm..

The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, February 28 between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be available available. Please join Harlow Gallery staff and central Maine art teachers in celebrating the youngest artists in our community. Families with children especially encouraged to attend, but artists and their families and friends are requested to attend according to the following schedule to avoid overcrowding:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
  • 12 – 2 p.m. – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
  • 2 – 4 p.m. – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grades

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“My Cat” by Jaycie, Grade 1, Lincoln School

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“Aboriginal Dreamtime Lizard” by Gage, Grade 4, Windsor Elementary School

“Portrait With Cat” by Kara, Grade 8, Richmond Middle School

Notable News from Bayview Gallery Artists

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is delighted to share the achievements of their artists.

Tom Hughes

“Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” by Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes painting “Monhegan Landing, 3 Below” appears on the pages of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. He says, “The current issue has a cover story on contemporary realist collectors, and one of them… chose one of my pictures to illustrate the portion of the article that is about him”. And why not? Tom is one of the very best realist painters working in the country today.

American Society of Marine Artists fellow, Loretta Krupinski, will also have a shot at a cover – her painting, “View from the Second Tower, Matinicus Rock Lighthouse, c. 1901,” was acquired by L.L. Bean for use on a future catalog!

Both Scott Moore and Barbara Applegate have the honor of having their paintings on display in Maine’s Capitol. Curated by the Maine Arts Commission, Applegate’s show Art in the Capitol is on view through March 2nd, while Moore’s paintings will be on display in the State House offices of Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

The U.S. Ambassador in Greece is enjoying Suzanne Harden’s painting “Approaching Cundy’s Harbor,” which is part of the Art in Embassies program there for the next few years.

"Approaching Cundy's Harbor" by Suzanne Harden

“Approaching Cundy’s Harbor” by Suzanne Harden

Marieluise Hutchinson took second place at the Cape Cod Art Association winter show with her painting, “Connections,” and she will be included in the upcoming book release Legendary Locals of Yarmouth (MA) by John A. Basile.

The Salmagundi Club in New York City has juried two paintings by Sergio Roffo into their Winter Landscape Show.

Another Salmagundi Club honoree is Gayle Levee whose gorgeous still life painting, “Raku,” was on exhibit there recently and will go on to be shown at the Hudson Valley Art Association. In addition her painting, “Summer’s Finale,” was accepted into the Plein Air Salon and her piece, “Sweet Water,” was awarded Best Water Painting by Plein Air Magazine.

Jerry Rose conducted a successful workshop on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine next to the Winslow Homer Studio and mentioned his upcoming workshop at The WoodenBoat School this summer in Brooklin, Maine July 26th to August 1.

If the L.L. Bean Spring Catalog hasn’t hit your mailbox yet, keep an eye out for Wendy Newcomb’s painting “Peaceful Journey” gracing its cover! Her bold colors and crisp handling draw your eye right to them.

Wendy Newcomb at Bayview Gallery

“Peaceful Journey” by Wendy Newcomb

 

 

Bucksport Arts Festival: Call for Artists

Bucksport Art Festival

Registration has officially opened for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival to be held Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bucksport waterfront. Artists and craftspeople of all kinds are encouraged to apply, and can do so online at bacasmaine.org or by mail. The registration fee is $60 for a 10’x10′ booth space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the event is full.

The event is being organized by the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the cultural and performing arts for Bucksport and surrounding communities.

The Bucksport Arts Festival is one of many new events planned for summer 2015, all part of a collaborative effort among BACAS members, residents, and the Town of Bucksport to develop a new vision for the community and welcome visitors to the downtown and waterfront.

For more information, visit bacasmaine.org or contact Lyndsey Marston at3leggeddogink@gmail.com or (207) 852-9570.

PMA Hosts 21st Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition

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The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to welcome the annual Youth Art Month exhibition—which features student art from across the state of Maine—back to its galleries for the 21st year. Youth Art Month is on view February 28 through March 29, 2015 at the PMA.

Youth Art Month emphasizes Maine’s educational institutions and how they help mold the next generations of the state’s artists. The PMA and the Maine Art Education Association have collaborated on this exhibition for more than 20 years now, and this year’s edition once more promises more than 100 works of art by K-12 students from all over the state. While Youth Art Month provides significant encouragement to students and well-deserved recognition for educators, the exhibition is for more than just the participating students and their families and teachers. This is an exhibition for the entire community to discover the emerging voices of Maine’s youth and to recognize the immense value of arts education in our schools.Portland Museum of ArtNational Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Arteducation provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. The Youth Art Month exhibition celebrates and validates student achievement in the visual arts, and the Portland Museum of Art is proud to honor the talent and dedication of these young artists and their teachers. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980. (Image credit: Eowyn Michaels, Grade 4, Rainbow Kitty, marker, Canal School, Westbrook)

Summer Island Studio Shows Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield

“The Red Umbrella” by Jennifer Litchfield

Jennifer Litchfield of Barter’s Island Boothbay will be rejoining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans once again for a show in the month of March 2015. Artist’s Reception and Open House will be held on Saturday March 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, Cheese and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. SIS is located in the Tontine Mall in the heart of downtown Brunswick at 149 Maine Street; any questions please call Patti at 373-1810.

Litchfield has been living and painting in Maine for the past 18 years. Originally from Sydney Australia, where she pursued a medical career as a primary care physician for 20 years. She moved to the United States after meeting and marrying her American husband, Peter Felsenthal, with whom she still lives with in Boothbay.

Art has always been one of her true loves and she took the opportunity in her new life to develop her passion for painting, drawing and color.

The River in Time: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River

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“Hatch’s Point” solargraph by Johanna Moore

From Indian Pond to the Gulf of Maine, the mighty Kennebec River winds its way down a 170-mile course through the state of Maine. Photographer Johanna Moore lives and works along the river. The body of water and its history has served as a source of learning and inspiration for her for more than 25 years.

Moore built 120 pinhole cameras, and with the help of her husband David Keef, set the cameras along the shores of the Kennebec and many of its tributaries. Between the Summer and Winter Solstices, the cameras created a visual diary of the light that shines along the course of the great river, from Indian Pond to Phippsburg. The finished result pays homage to the Kennebec’s vitality and all that its tributaries provide to the landscape and wildlife that live along the river’s banks.

Solargraphs are long exposure images made with a pinhole camera. These pinhole cameras captured the sun as it transited the sky. Moore had great luck with her ambitious project. “Wherever I went along the river to set out the pinhole cameras for the Solargraph project, I took photographs with other cameras I brought with me. I used 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 pinhole box cameras, Holga pinhole cameras, and an old Polaroid retrofitted to work as a pinhole camera. I also created imagery using my iPhone and digital camera. I lost only 30 cameras which give me enough imagery to select an exciting representation of the sunlight captured along the Kennebec River.”

The River in Time: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River features Moore’s photographs from nearby portions of the Kennebec River. To honor the river, Johanna Moore and Monkitree will contribute 10% of the sale of each solargraph to the Kennebec Land Trust, an organization that works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monkitree is a fine art and craft gallery located at 263 Water Street in historic downtown Gardiner, Maine.

PechaKucha MDI Event Will Focus on Community

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The Abbe Museum, Breaking Even Communications, and Northeast Harbor Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Reel Pizza Cinerama. The event features a series of presentations focused on community, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, totaling a talking time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The goal is to bring prominent and up-and-coming creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun. The event is free and open to the public.

PechaKucha events are great,” said Nicole Ouellette, one of PKMDI’s organizers, and one of the speakers at the March event. “It’s kind of like picking up a magazine and reading an unexpected article you would never have read otherwise. Only with PKMDI, that unexpected but interesting information is coming as a presentation from someone you know in the community. There really is something for everyone at each event.”

Speakers include Joe Cistone of International Partners in Mission, Jena Young of Side Street Café, Jay Friedlander of College of the Atlantic, and Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander. In the PechaKucha format, each presenter is only allotted 20 slides, advanced automatically every 20 seconds. Presentations over the years have included everything from fishing, photography, farming, teaching, writing, videography, philosophy, cartography, coffee, hiking, firefighting, music, fashion, and favorite foods.

PKMDI is held three times a year at to be determined venues all over Mount Desert Island. For more details about the event, including the full line-up of speakers, please visit pkmdi.com and facebook.com/pkmdi. For information on how to be a participant, please contact heather@abbemuseum.org.

About PechaKucha
PechaKucha, literally translated as “chit chat” or “blah blah” in Japanese, was created by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since gone viral, and turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 250 cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide.

About the Abbe Museum
The mission of the Abbe Museum, now Maine’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps, and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. Admission is currently free thanks to Machias Savings Bank.

“Snowed In With Stefan” at Camden Falls Gallery

Stefan Pastuhov at Camden Falls Gallery

“From Coggans Hill” by Stefan Pastuhov

For the remainder of the winter, Camden Falls Gallery will feature a collection of winter plein air paintings by well-known local artist, Stefan Pastuhov, “Snowed In With Stefan” February 20 – April 1, 2015. All of the works depict scenes from the local area and were created within a 10-mile radius of the artist’s Lincolnville home. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint. In this collection, those places include the quiet snow-covered woods, hillsides, and back roads from Warren to Belmont, as well as several picturesque locations found within the artist’s own backyard.

Stefan Pastuhov

“Going to Pieces” by Stefan Pastuhov

While painting en plein air during Maine’s cold winters, Pastuhov says he approaches his work “with alacrity,” remarking that “there’s just so much more information (to paint) when you are actually outside than you can ever get from a photo.” As he explains how he dresses for the weather and mixes additives with his paints to keep them fluid in the bitter cold, Pastuhov states, “You can’t paint when it’s below zero (and) you can only paint until your feet get cold, then you have to stop. When you’re standing in one place that happens, but I have boots that are good to -60 degrees and a one-piece arcticwear suit.” And with a twinkle in his eye he adds, “The trick is to not make the painting look too cold.”

Stefan’s winter work will be on view until things warm up a bit. Camden Falls Gallery will be open Friday – Sunday, weather permitting or by appointment, using the Bayview Street entrance through The Maine Gathering. For more information or to make an appointment, email info@camdenfallsgallery.com or call (207) 322-5651

Waterville Main Street and Art Society present Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 80 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, and Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Lauren Lessing is the Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she directs community outreach and programming, links the museum’s collections and exhibitions to the curriculum at the college, and oversees American paintings and sculptures created before 1900.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. 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 MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception takes place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The public is invited to attend. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long.

Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. –- 4p.m.

For more information or to register as an artist, go to watervillemainstreet.org

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

BIG INK Large Woodcut Printing Sessions in Portland

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BIG INK has partnered with Pickwick Independent Press, located at 536 Congress St in Portland, ME, for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions Friday and Saturday June 5th – 6th, 2015. We will be utilizing Pickwick’s massive 48” x 96” etching press. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, online at lyellcastonguay.com/big-ink/apply. (Deadline: Mar. 23rd) If accepted, artists have two months to carve their image into a piece of plywood. Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, remains in contact with the artists to provide guidance and technical support when needed. Twelve artists will be chosen and six will print each day. Artists may also work collaboratively, simply list both of names on the application. Previous printmaking experience is helpful but not required.

Call for Artists and Art Teachers: 2015 Monhegan Residencies

Monhegan Artists' Residency

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Monhegan Artists’ Residency. The submission guidelines have been significantly changed recently to be more inclusive. The program now accepts applications from visual artists working in any medium at any stage of their career. All artists, who reside in Maine or have significant ties to the state, are eligible to apply. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for artists, the program offers one two-week residency for a Maine K–12 art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Fisher Foundation, and the Underhill Foundation, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the board of directors.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. The 2015 residencies for artists run May 30 – July 3 and September 5 – October 9. The Maine art teacher residency runs July 7 – 17 to accommodate the school year schedule.

The application deadline for all residencies is March 15, 2015. Applications for the residency program are being accepted online only. For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 1 of the jury’s decision. This year’s jurors will be Bruce Brown, collector and former curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Lauren Fensterstock, artist; and Laurie Perzley, Fine Art Director and Curator at Thos. Moser Gallery and MARC Board Member. “We are very excited about the prestigious line-up of jurors this year,” Susan Danly said.

An important goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for a transformative experience to dedicated artists at all stages of their career. Beyond a connection to the state of Maine, quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. Previous recipients include Karen Adrienne, Kenny Cole, Cynthia Davis, Nicole Duennebier, Alina Gallo, Joe Kievitt, John Knight, Sarah Knock, Martha Miller, Robert Pollien, Marguerite Robichaux, Lynn Travis, and David Vickery.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.

Valerie Aponik opens at Schoolhouse Gallery

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The Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield invites the public to an opening reception for “Winter Plein Air Paintings by Valerie Aponik,” during the First Friday Art Walk 5 to 8 pm February 6. The show runs through March. Valerie Aponik lives and works from her studio/home on Great Wass Island, Maine.  Primarily a plein air painter, Aponik is often found along the local waterfront, islands, homes and gardens of coastal and interior Maine in all four seasons.  “Painting on location, gives me the most alive feeling of the now.  I want the viewer to appreciate the fun I had trying to convey my hand and heart response to my environment”. For more information call 207-939-6518 or visit schoolhouseartgallery.com and aponikart.com

Mount Desert Island Open call for artists

Shaw “Sargent Drive” by Heather Thayer

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites local artists to participate in the fifteenth annual exhibition of The MDI OPEN, an exhibition of local creative talent. The MDI OPEN is a celebration of artists who live, work or have associations on Mount Desert Island. It is open to all, including seasoned professionals, amateurs, students, and anyone who wants to show their work in a gallery setting. You may show paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, crafts or mixed media; as long as it is something you are proud of.

This year we are suggesting an optional theme, which is: “Moods of Somes Sound.” We hope you will consider using the various aspects on one of our island’s most majestic and powerful features as a point of departure. We will hang these works in the most prominent gallery location where the group of related images will tell a familiar story. It is not mandatory that you follow this theme, but I hope many of you will find the theme a welcomed challenge. Any aspect of the Sound will be appropriate; details, long views, mountains, ocean, imaginative, your choice.

There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that you are proud of and willing to share with your community; and second, you must have an MDI affiliation. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. The space is limited and always fill fast.

Last year’s Mount Desert Open was an overwhelming success. It included 55 artists working from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 21, 2015 and run through June 10th. Any resident of MDI, or anyone having a MDI affiliation is welcomed to exhibit. There is no jury process, but your work must be matted, framed and ready to hang, or presented in a professional manner. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at info@shawjewelry.com for information.

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

Young Hearts at Tidemark Gallery

“Heartzilla” by Dillon Harvey, 2nd grade, mixed media

Miller School and Tidemark Gallery have formed a partnership that’s been growing since it began three years ago. This year, on Thursday, February 12, from 4 to 6pm, Tidemark will open its doors to the whole community for the third-annual February art show by the students of Miller School. The theme of the show is “Young Hearts.” Because it’s that Valentine’s Day time of year.

Students, kindergarten through grade six, do the work, learning about the “business” of creating and marketing something that is uniquely their own. Months ago, in preparation for this event, Miller’s art teacher, Laura Freeman, invited Eva Wagner, museum educator at the University of Maine Museum of Art to visit and to teach sixth graders how to choose and hang an art show and fifth graders how to write a show statement. Tidemark Gallery owner, Charlotte Davenhill, joined the class.

“It’s not hard to see how important this awareness and these skills are for every person growing up today,” said Davenhill, “Few of us will become rich and famous artists, but the ways the making of art teach us to observe, to organize our ideas and to value our colleagues and ourselves through putting our best work forward have got to be the ways to a better future.”

Miller’s Parent Teacher Organization lends its enthusiastic support in many ways, including wicked good refreshments at the opening.

The snow date for “Young Hearts” is Friday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at the CWG

Cynthia Winings Gallery

Cynthia Winings Gallery warmly invites all to our party in Blue Hill on Saturday, February 7th (5:30 – 8 p.m.) – the gallery will be filled with beauty, enough to warm your heart! The first floor of the gallery will have paintings by Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters and Carol Pelletier, and for the first time, jewelry by Devta Doolan and photography by Heather Lyon.

Gallery hours: Saturday, February 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 11 – 4 p.m. Shop locally and discover a lovely St. Valentine’s Day gift for your Loved One. xoxoxo

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or (917) 204-4001.

The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing show Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

Celebrating the Versatility of Artist Ken Brooks The Gallery at School Street Picture Framing is excited to show work by one of the most versatile artists we know: Ken Brooks from Athens, Maine. Fascinated by shape, texture, color, light and shadow, Maine native and artist Ken Brooks has created art for more than thirty-five years in central Maine, most of which is inspired by nature.

As far back as he can remember, Ken has been drawing and believes that “as an artist, it is my responsibility and privilege to record through drawing and painting, the magnificence and beauty that surrounds me.” Although he has worked on almost any surface that will accept paint, his favorite mediums are graphite pencil on paper and oil on canvas.

Commissions have made up the majority of his sales and as a result, few paintings or drawings have been available for public viewing until recently. Therefore, this show is an exciting opportunity. Original and framed paintings will include varied subject matter such as “Mr. Goodwin’s Fiddle,” “Pink Before the Storm,” a single leaf titled “Dancing on Ice,” additional still life, landscapes and even a train painting that measures approximately 3 feet by 4 feet.

Complimenting his exhibit of original paintings, this collection will include both limited edition and open edition prints. Motorcycle drawings from artwork Ken has on display in motorcycle museums in Colorado and California, will also be available. For only two years, Ken created detailed woodcarvings of birds, which will also be part of this exhibit. Each carving received ribbons at shows and competitions in Northern New England.

And to top it all off, Ken is a musician. He is currently a member of the award winning bluegrass band “Katahdin Valley Boys.” In 2012, The Maine Country Music Association named Ken and his wife Jane “Vocal Duo of the Year.” That same year, he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Exhibit runs until February 19th at the Gallery at School Street Picture Framing 33 School Street Brewer, Maine (207) 991-9889.

Maine’s first-ever CSA-style Pop-up Party

Pop-up party as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested CSArt Maine, the state’s first community-supported art share program, will host a free pop-up party on Sat., Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Shareholders will collect their first shares, while non-shareholders can chat with participating artists and hear plans for upcoming seasons. The event ends at 5:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Free.

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“Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love” at Camden National Bank

Teddi-Jann Covell

“Impression Katahdin at Dusk” by Teddi-Jann Covell

Camden National Bank on Main Street in Orono presents Love ME: Paintings Inspired by Places I Love Exhibit by Teddi-Jann Covell through April 2015, with an Opening Reception Wednesday, February 11 from 3 – 6 p.m. Teddi-Jann Covell was visiting artist for Baxter State Park 2013 and is currently included in David Little’s “Inspired by Katahdin” Show at Southeby’s Real Estate, Damarriscotta. The exhibit at Camden National Bank proves her passion for Maine. Teddi-Jann’s oil paintings and pastels illustrate her favorite “plein-air” sites with bold hues, rich with movement and vibrant color combinations.

Teddi-Jann Covell