Here’s What’s Happening in May at PAM in Portland

CocktailA panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” on May 12

Here’s a sampling of events at Portland Museum of Art. Be sure to check the website for a full list of events at http://www.portlandmuseum.org/

A book launch and presentation by Winky Lewis and Susan Conley will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 pm,

Over the course of a year, Maine photographer Winky Lewis and poet Susan Conley exchanged inspiration and ideas to create a unique book of poems and images. Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in the Motherland centers on their experiences as mothers and documents a year in the lives of their families. To commemorate the launch of their book, Lewis and Conley will read passages and share images with PMA audiences. Illustrator Scott Nash introduces them, and Aurora Provisions offers food and a cash bar.

The book is available in the PMA Store, and a booksigning follows—just in time for Mother’s Day!

A panel discussion “Exploring the Legacy of Edward Curtis’ Photographs happens Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Free for members; $8 general public.

Edward Curtis, who has drawn both praise and scrutiny for his 30-year project The North American Indian, has profoundly shaped perceptions of North American Indian cultures, and continues to influence our perceptions of Native identity to this day. In this important event, an interdisciplinary panel of prominent members of the Native community in Maine will discuss Curtis’ legacy a century later.

A panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” is Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm. The PMA and MOFGA collaborate for a panel discussion that will touch upon a wide variety of topics in the origins and evolution of the cocktail, especially its recent evolution back to its roots inspired by—and made delicious from—organic farms in Maine. During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to sample Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)-inspired cocktails created by local bartenders.

Mount Sopris by Clifford Ross using the R1 camera he invented.Photography by Clifford Ross

The PMA is pleased to announce its 11th annual Photography Fund Lecture on Wednesday, May 18, featuring Clifford Ross. Ross is renowned for his high-resolution, single-shot landscape photographs, which have been exhibited throughout the world. All proceeds from the lecture benefit the PMA’s Photography Fund.

Please consider supporting the Photography Fund with a gift that is 100% tax-deductible. Your generous contribution will directly aid the acquisition process, conservation, and presentation of the PMA photography collection. Give a gift today!

For more information about the Photography Fund, contact Abegail Baguio, Director of Annual Giving and Membership, at abaguio@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4987.

Bike Night: Beers + Gears is Friday, May 20 from 4 to 8 pm. The event is free with a cash bar.

Georges River Watershed-Inspired Shows Open First Friday at Caldbeck

Levensellar from Lawry Pond“Levensellar from Lawry Pond” by Nancy Glassman

Two exhibits inspired by the beauty of the Georges River Watershed will open on Friday, May 6 at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Nancy Glassman’s show, “My Studio in the Watershed” and George Mason’s “A Year in the Watershed” will kick off with an opening reception on May 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

George Mason of Damariscotta Mills is the 2015 Artist-in-Residence of the partnership between The Georges River Land Trust and the K2 Family Foundation.  He has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work is steeped in the exploration of materials and history. A centerpiece of Mason’s work as the artist-in-residence focused on the potentially powerful interface of art and land to help build, confirm, and sustain a sense of community, and to be a voice of encouragement for getting out on the land.

Invitation 2016 mason“Invitation 2016″ by George Mason

Mason has been a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and was a founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Mason has taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Ohio State, U.C. Boulder, and Haystack. In his home state of Maine, he has shown at The Portland Museum of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, with solo shows at The Farnsworth Museum, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

For the exhibition, painter Nancy Glassman assembled paintings that she has made over the years and spent considerable time outdoors last fall and winter making new work. “I felt inspired to paint a whole lot,” she said, “so I put on some crazy looking outfits and had a blast painting outdoors. I enjoyed going out to spots where I could set up my easel and just paint the water, the movement of the water and the plants along the edge. It was absolutely thrilling.”

Both exhibits will hang until June 4. Caldbeck Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street. Visit http://www.caldbeck.com/ for the latest gallery information.

Artists’ Reception for “Dead Reckoning” at DIAA Gallery May 8

thumbnail_02AntonovychLandscapesnandAccidentsBPhotograph by Anya Antonovych

On the weekends of May 6-8 and May 13-15, the Deer Isle Artists Association (DIAA) will present an exhibition of photographs by Anya Antonovych and sculpture by Sam Jones. Additionally, the public is warmly invited to an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm at the DIAA Gallery. The artists posit the world of the fairytale as a space of suspended normality. The viewer is challenged to navigate an obscure place where glimpses of the preternatural serve as reference points in a story that continues to elude.

“Landscapes and Accidents,” the suite of photographs by Antonovych, capitalizes on color’s narrative capacity. She presents abstract images alongside representational landscapes in order to construct a broken narrative. Color is used to seduce. Brightness is deceptive: rather than conveying joyfulness, color functions in a deeply ironic way, signifying something quite sinister.

thumbnail_04JonesCoreASculpture by Sam Jones

Sam Jones’s sculptural installation, “Core,” is comprised of cast papercrete forms embedded with various materials, including synthetic netting and natural fibers. The tubular forms, which tend toward the neutral tone of concrete but contain surprising moments of color, are reminiscent of tree trunks, deteriorated architectural columns and core samples.

The Art Rack will contain work by the late Daniel Hodermarsky, founder and first president of the Deer Isle Artists Association.

Hours for the show are from 11 am to 5 pm on both weekends. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. For more information, call 207-348-2330.

Maine artist Jean Kigel’s work in Newburyport Exhibit

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“Hidden Shoals,” by Jean Kigel

The work of Maine artist Jean Kigel is included in an exhibit on display at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts through Sunday, May 15.

Art and science come together in this unique show inspired by the best-selling book “Blue Mind” by Dr.Wallace J. Nichols, the study of why we are drawn to the ocean, and how this scientifically connects to our health and happiness.

New artwork features ocean and water themes by 30  gallery members who masterfully capture seascapes, marsh-scapes and marine art.

The Gallery is located at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit http://walsinghamgallery.com/

DIAA’s Winter Workshops Artists Participate in Gallery Show

thumbnail_DSC_0081Art by Ana Mendoza

Individuals who participated in DIAA’s Winter Workshops displayed their work at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery from April 30 – May 1. The show represented a wide range of artistic experiences, from well known artists to beginners, some of whom shared their first encounters with watercolors or charcoal.

Participating artists included: Diane Maguire Horton, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Ana Mendoza, Jane Osborne, Woodley Osborne, Caroly Raedle, Oscar Turner, and Hub White. The community was invited to enjoy their work.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, and was opened from 11 am to 5 pm for the show.

Camden Falls Gallery Welcomes Spring with “Sunstrokes”

Buddies in a Row 8x8 acrylic fabric on plexiAnn Trainor-Domingue’s “Buddies In A Row”

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden opens its 2016 season with a salute to the brilliance and warmth of the sun, and its transformative power to reawaken the human senses, the human heart, and the natural world around us.

The spring show “Sunstrokes,” will feature the works of Ann Trainor-Domingue and our house artists. Primarily floral, our first show will also encompass work revealing the lush colors of our local coastal landscape.

During the monochromatic , cold months of winter many of our artists find themselves creating still lifes based on studio compositions created with the bold colors of cut flowers.and bright patterned fabrics. Trainor –Domingue’s new floral work however, springs from her rich imaginative reinterpretation of potted plants and garden flowers.

thumbnail_15335 Summer Blast 36x24 acryl canvAnn Trainor-Domingue’s “Summer Blast”

Writing about these vibrant paintings,she explains their origins. “As an artist who finds so many aspects of the natural world worthy of painting, I decided to use flowers in all their glory to inspire this series I refer to as ‘Sunstrokes.’

I have felt the fragility and delicacy of flowers and have witnessed how they stand tall through spring winds and summer heat. I think it is this toughness contrasted with the delicate that I find so appealing.

Strong complex forms and intricate shapes found in a variety of flowers are the basis of my design approach. I change actual colors to deepen or softentones while composing a painting that visualizes the exuberance I feel about flowers.I abstract shapes through many preliminary sketches and then play with all the elements,reorganizing them in new and unusual ways, bursting with color and energy.”

Please visit and be a part of the reemergence into this fertile and most creative of seasons. Sunstrokes will run through early June. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Call 207-470-7027 for more information.

“Stories of the Land” concludes May 15 with Program + Reception

thumbnail_Stories Year 2016 - AVS.6On April 28, the Farnsworth Art Museum opened the first of three public school art exhibitions on the Midcoast. Under the umbrella of “Stories of the Land and Its People: An Arts-Integrated School Initiative for Midcoast Maine,” a collaboration between the museum and eight schools, the first exhibition opened at the Camden Rockport Middle School as part of the “Arts Alive” evening. Eighty-six seventh grade students working with artist Tim Christensen unveiled an installation piece they created over the spring.

“Stories of the Land” opened on April 29 at Medomak Valley High School, where 26 ninth grade students displayed a permanent installation piece which they worked on with the guidance of sculptor Andrew White.

Rounding off the series of openings, “Stories of the Land” will be celebrated with an hour-long program at 1 pm, Sunday, May 15 in the Strand Theatre in Rockland, followed by a preview and reception on the Farnsworth Art Museum campus.

Now in its fifth year, this portion of “Stories” is a partnership between the Museum and six local schools: Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville, Islesboro, Rockland South School and Rockland District Middle School. While art instruction and art appreciation are being introduced into the teacher’s lessons, more 300 elementary and middle school students are taking their own photographs in the community and in their classrooms under the guidance of their teachers, museum educators, and mentor artists. The students’ creations will be on display over the summer in Julia’s Gallery at the corner of Union Street and Elm Street (Julia’s is not handicapped accessible) and in the Farnsworth’s main building on Main Street.

“Stories of the Land” is generously supported by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Peter McSpadden, Chichester du Pont Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Joyce Tenneson, Alexander Tenneson Cohen and James Abbott, the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, two anonymous donors, New Market Tax Credits Community Benefit Agreement, with in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.

MCA Announces 2016 Master Craft Artist + Supporter Awards

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The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named artist Elizabeth Busch of Glenburn, Maine as the 2016 recipient of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2016 MCA Master Craft Award process began with nominations submitted from past award recipients. The 2016 recipient was researched and selected by Diana Greenwold Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art.

“Elizabeth Busch,” declares Ms. Greenwold, “is a multi-talentedquilt maker, painter and sculptorwhose body of work showcases a keen eye for color relationships and a sophisticated sense of composition. Though trained as a painter, Busch’s experience in architecture is evident in her numerous large-scale installations displayed throughout the United States. Composed of floating acetate in bold tones that are woven and suspended from the ceiling, Busch’s sculptures are designed to bend and flex with currents of air. These sculptures enliven libraries and lobbies in public buildings and bring jolts of color and motion to otherwise unoccupied space

A pioneer in the field of textile art, Busch uses paints, dyes, and patchwork techniques to fashion lushly toned works. Her quilts pair bright hues and patterns against one another to create startling compositions. Busch’s quilts are composed of geometric forms in abstract compositions. Often painted, these art objects expand the bounds of fiber into the realm of painting and collapse distinctions between fine and decorative art.

Busch is a lifelong teacher who has conducted numerous workshops in Maine, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and throughout the United States. She has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Deer Isle Maine, where she also served as the assistant director in 1989. In addition, Busch has led courses at the University of Maine and McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. Her ceaseless experimentation to develop new materials and techniques and her continued commitment to educating the community about her discoveries make her the ideal recipient of the 2016 Master Craft Artist Award.”

With enthusiasm, the MCA Board of Directors selected Tammy Knight, of Clinton, Maine, as the recipient of the 2016 Craft Supporter Award. Tammy serves as the Development Manager of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. In her sixteen years working in the Department she has managed grant portfolios totaling over $26 million in support of communities and small businesses.  She became the Manager of the Maine Made Program in 2012

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With Tammy’s leadership, the Maine Made program has built Maine products into a strong national brand. Tammy is an advocate and an ambassador for Maine made products, encouraging craft artists to develop strong product lines, marketing materials and, in turn, bringing those products to a larger national market via trade shows, conferences, expositions, social media and other marketing. She reflects genuine enthusiasm for Maine people and Maine products and the Maine craft community benefits from her creativity, innovation and drive to tell the Maine story on a national level.

The MCA’s efforts and initiatives dove tail with those of Maine Made, with Tammy’s support the MCA and Maine Made have partnered to produce Maine Craft Weekend, an annual tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events and share hundreds of common members.

The public, supporters, friends and family of Elizabeth Busch and Tammy Knight are invited to attend the award ceremony Friday May 13th at  7 pm, for a special reception at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. The ceremony will include the award presentation, a gift of the 2016 Master Craft Artist pins made by MCA Professional Member Jackie Haines, and MCA Lifetime Membership certificate and short presentations from the recipients. Those interested in joining the MCA and the award recipients for dinner at Haystack from 6 to 7 pm, please rsvp to sbliss@mainecrafts.org There is $15 charge for dinner.

Pemaquid Artist Julie Babbs Wins Four Awards

1Julie Babb’s “Black-crowned Night Heron Snowy Egret”

Pemaquid artist Julie Babb has won four ribbons in the annual wildlife art exhibition, held by the Maine Sportsmen’s Alliance last weekend at the Civic Center in Augusta.  Her paintings were awarded the First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention place ribbons in the watercolor division.

The blue ribbon went to her painting of a “Black-Crowned Night Heron,” and the red (second place) was given to her portrait of a “Snowy Egret.”  hird and Honorable Mention were given to paintings of a “Saw-Whet Owl” and a “Least Sandpiper.”  Julie is well known in the area for her realistic depictions of birds and the natural world – her chosen medium is gouache. an opaque form of watercolor related to tempera.

She has been teaching gouache painting and technique for many years, both privately and for AOS.93 Adult Education. Julie’s work can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Lighthouse Park, during the summer; the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company in Camden, and at her website www.covehousestudios.com.  She welcomes inquiries and commissions.

May 7 ArtLab: Bobble + Bounce Bouquets

ArtLabThe Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create a Spring bouquet of artfully created imaginative flowers! A perfect gift for Mother’s Day or for any day! Join the fun on Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 4 pm at the CMCA’s South End location at 218 Main Street, Rockland.

“Bobble and Bounce Bouquets” will explore the interplay of bold color, shape, and movement with wire, paper, and other lightweight materials to construct abstract blooms and 3D bouquets that bounce, bobble, and boing. Come with your family or on your own.  ArtLab welcomes children, adults, and families and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Immarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information, call 207-701-5005.

“WHAT YOU SEE…” opens May 6 at Carver Hill Gallery

sharon Arnold_Lost Highway_Bridge to Nowhere_Digital  collageSharon Arnold’s, “Lost Highway Bridge to Nowhere,” digital collage

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, is pleased to open their season with a 7 person group show titled “WHAT YOU SEE…” The opening reception will be First Friday, May 6, from 5 – 8 pm. Most of the artists will be present. The show is combination of digital media, collage, and photography featuring Sharon Arnold, Craig Becker, Nadine Boughton, Virginia Fitzgerald, Seth Lester, Elizabeth Opalenik and Agnes Riverin.

The work is a narrative exploration of an idea, opinion, or social observation. The intended message is more obvious in some work than others, and this is largely dependent on the level of commitment by the artist to the specific idea. Sometimes the purpose of the work is simply to observe it.

French Canadian artist Agnes Riverin says of her work “All that is true to me is the intention to express something that is inexplicable. This digital work is composed of hundreds of my macro photos objects and movements of water, birds and manmade ships. The words you see are my poems. I use star charts (monthly constellations) to locate the space / time. I am interested in quantum physics and cosmology. I make a connection between quantum physics and space-time when we lose a loved one; the time seems to stop for us. But quantum physics tends to prove that time does not exist, all that really exists is the present. Only water movement in the night.”

Agnes is a published poet, painter, and digital artist with a powerful and palpable common thread in all three disciplines.

thumbnail_Craig Becker Migration 1 Digital collageCraig Becker’s “Migration,” digital collage

Artist Craig Becker explains of his digital photography compositions, “Stories form the foundation of our human experience. I create incomplete stories, where the elements of the image touch but their relationship is ambiguous. This encourages the viewer to connect the dots and create their own narrative. The framework is visually and emotionally complex, inviting exploration into the beauty within the shadows”.

Gender roles and politics are the theme of Nadine Boughton’s  work. Her carefully crafted editions have a comic book feel to them – the palette and resolution is soft and fuzzy.

“My intention is to deconstruct the images of mid-century advertising, creating narratives of ambiguity with humor and a dark edge, revealing some of the different relationships men and women have to power, beauty and longing. The images play with the convergence of interior and exterior domains, abstract ideas and the mystery of the female form. This series is an homage both to the handsome men in Fortune who look like all the fathers I watched in their suits with briefcases, carpooling to a foreign land; and to the community of mothers who served egg salad sandwiches on the green lawns of suburbia.”

In contrast to this work, Seth Lester’s voice has a more playful tone. “Irony, humor, playfulness — perhaps these are immediate responses to my images. Created in a freely associative manner, this work invites us to participate in constructing a narrative. Incorporating the same objects in different images creates a continuity that adds new dimensions to an ongoing narrative that explores the inherent mystery that I intend to be neither didactic nor symbolic. This process connect with Baudelaire’s concept of the imagination as ‘an almost divine faculty which perceives at once, without resort to philosophic methods, the intimate and secret connections between things.” Perhaps those viewing these images are unable to resolve the mystery of what is unknown by resorting to an intellect that desires logical explanations. While participating in the mystery, when we are not resorting to creating meaning through symbolism, then we can feel comfortable with not knowing, and just smile.”

Show runs through May 31. See www.carverhillgallery.com for hours and more information.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery Hosts Wine Tasting Opening May 6

Roper“Provider” by Diana Roper McDowell

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery, at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth, is happy to start the season off with a new art show for the months of May & June featuring Diana Roper McDowell and Lynn Karlin. An opening for both artists will be accompanied by a wine tasting on May 6th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Diana Roper McDowell is a precision watercolorist painting Maine scenes saturated with color and geometric poise. We love her work, and are glad to welcome her back to the gallery with another show.

Lynn Karlin will show photographs for the first time with us from her Pedestal Series – flowers and vegetables set upon pedestals of varying shapes and sizes sometimes echoing the subject’s form and lit by “a certain slant of light.” Her work offers new appreciation for the everyday beauty surrounding us. Lynn’s work will be available during the month of May.

Please call John Edwards Market at 207-667-9377 for more information. The Gallery is located at 158 Main Street in Ellsworth.

“Ed Douglas: New Work” opens May 7 at Portland’s Greenhut Galleries

swimmer_3_web“Swimmer #3” by Ed Douglas, oil on panel

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Ed Douglas: New Work” with an opening reception on Thursday, May 7 from 5 to 7 pm.

Ed Douglas has devoted his life to painting.  In a career that spans over fifty years, a well-respected now retired professor who taught at the Maine College of Art, he continues to strive for dynamism and unity in his work. Douglas explores ideas that remain integral to the way he approaches the act of painting.

Though Ed was once quoted as saying “subjects are more excuses for paintings than they are dictates or even inspirations for paintings,” he clearly enjoys working with the human form.

Ed excels in exploring individual gesture as well as the interplay found in group figure studies. Douglas received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  His work can be seen not only in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art, but also in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the San Francisco Art Institute Art Bank. Ed’s work is collected both nationally and internationally.

Greenhut Galleries is located at 146 Middle Street in Portland. For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Two Books Arts Workshops at Waterfall Arts in Belfast May 7

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Two Book Arts workshops will be held at Waterfall Arts as part of the Belfast Bound Book Festival on May 7th. For adults, Abbie Read will lead Paste Paper and Bookbinding form 10 to 4; Bridget Matros leads Art Together Mornings for parents and children, where the focus will be on book making from 10 to noon.

Art Together Mornings is a series of memorable mornings where adult and child create side-by-side. Each project is designed to fully engage all ages and stages; parents get their hands dirty enjoying the materials, while being guided with tips on supporting their young artists’ creativity. As part of the Book Festival, the group will create special paste papers to use as covers and learn how to assemble and embellish a simple booklet to take home.

On the same day, Abbie Read guides a friendly group in a decorative paper and art journal workshop. The decorative papers are made of multiple layers of thin glazes of color using patterns and marks. These handmade papers will be used to make the journal cover and Read will teach the Coptic bookbinding technique which allows the book to lie flat when opened for ease in painting, drawing, or writing. All materials will be provided.

Making Art Together Dan Piper and his childrenDan Piper and his children making art together

All classes and workshops have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Partial scholarships for youth classes are available to those in need. You can find more information on classes and instructors and register online at waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, Revision Energy and the Green Store. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.

Call to Artists: 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show

1The 5th Annual “44º North” Downeast Open Art Show will be hosted by Schooner Gallery of Milbridge in celebration of Maine artists who are residents and live within 44 nautical miles of Milbridge (50.6 miles).

Artists of any age and training are invited to submit their artwork inspired by our 44º North environment. This is an exciting and inspiring annual art event held at the Schooner Gallery, 59 Main Street, Milbridge.

Show dates will be June 4th through July 3rd with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Drop off dates are Tuesday, May 31st through Thursday, June 2nd, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Delivery of artworks in all media must be done in-person at the gallery.

Each artist may submit 2 pieces, made within the last three years and no larger than 30″x40″. 3-D work will also be accepted on a limited basis. All artwork must be labeled and wall pieces must be ready to hang with picture wires attached. No mailed or shipped entries can be accepted.

Please call Schooner Gallery at 207-546-3179 or 207-546-7989 no later than Friday, May 20th, for more information this show, to express your interest, and to schedule a drop off time.

The Farnsworth + The Strand present “Rockland Shorts”

Shorts“It Melts”, UK, 5m, live action, directed by G. Lopez

On Friday, May 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present the first 2016 showing of the international short film series, “Rockland Shorts: Entitled All’s Fair in Love and Politics,” the screening will take place at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland, at 5:30 p.m. After the showing, the audience is invited to continue discussing the films at Fog Bar, across the street from The Strand.

This ongoing series of short creative films entitled “Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series” is shown in the Strand and includes an hour of short films. As part of the screenings, several filmmakers join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. “Rockland Shorts” strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre.

This series is organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department, and film selections are being made by visiting program director, Sally Levi; the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell; the Executive Director of the Strand Theatre, Jessie Davis; broadcast journalist and Maine Media Workshops film faculty, Mimi Edmunds; and the director, cinematographer, editor and educator, Daniel Quintanilla.

For a complete listing of this month’s movies, please visit http://www.rocklandstrand.com/ Tickets will be for sale at The Strand Theatre’s box office directly prior to the screening. The fee for this series is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for nonmembers.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners Celebrated

BrianJoJo Zeitlin’s “Brian”

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce a special, invitation-only event at the Blaine House to celebrate this year’s Congressional Art Competition winners. The tea, hosted by First Lady Ann LePage, the Congressional offices of Representatives Pingree and Poliquin, and the Commission will feature the work of JoJo Zeitlin, a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School in Congressional District 1, and Michaela Shorey, a senior at Rangeley Lakes Regional School in District 2.

Ten other students, five from each congressional district who have been awarded runner up and honorable mention status for their art, will also receive certificates at the event. The First Place submissions will hang in the U.S Capitol for one year along with student art from participating Congressional Districts across the nation.

“We are very lucky to have this kind of talent in our student population here in Maine,” said Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission Executive Director. “It reinforces the strength and quality of our art education programs across the state. Congratulations to our winners and our finalists.”

Zeitlin won District 1 with her black and white photographic portrait of an older man entitled “Brian.” First District jurors  Amy Cousins, an art teacher at Gorham Middle School and Piper Bolduc, an art teacher at Old Orchard Beach High School, said they appreciated her skill in capturing the personality of an individual, which they believe is a unique talent for an artist of her age. They commented on the outstanding quality of her pieces as shown through her technical ability to use depth of field and dark contrasts to enhance the subject matter.

“Jo Jo’s photograph shows great composition and technique. As an islander, I love that the image is so distinctly rural, coastal ‘Maine,’” Representative Pingree said in announcing the award. “I think it will really stand out and I’m proud that it will represent Maine’s First District when it is hung at the Capitol this June.  My congratulations to JoJo and all the top finishers of this year’s competition—everyone’s work was truly exceptional.”

ShoreyMichaela Shorey’s “An Older-Young Girl”

Shorey’s top piece, entitled “An Older-Young Girl,” was also a portrait made from various media including pastels and cut paper. Jurors for Maine’s Second District—Robyn Holman, the former curator at USM’s Lewiston Gallery, and Anthony Shostak, an arts educator at Bates Gallery-found Shorey skilled in using the media to convey a sense of the person, and commented on her strong sense of composition, uniting all the elements to further convey the work’s title.

“Each year, I am astonished by the tremendous artistic ability and creative talent of our Maine high schoolers,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am incredibly proud to showcase Michaela’s artwork at the U.S. Capitol for this next year, where it will be admired and enjoyed by thousands of Americans from across the country. Congratulations, Michaela, on a job well done!”

The judges recognized the work of five other students from each District as follows: District One first runner-up Anna Callahan of Brunswick; second runner-up Abigail Stevens-Roberts of Saco; and honorable mentions Katie Sprague of Manchester, Gabriel Rosen of Portland and Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham. District Two first runner-up Rachel Flannery of Auburn; second runner-up Chandler Clothier of Lewiston; and honorable mentions Olivia Berger of South Paris, Alanna Fellows of Lewiston and Shin Hye Hwang of Hebron.

Every year beginning in 1982, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nationwide Congressional Art Competition to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Over 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.

The Maine Arts Commission coordinates the competition in Maine, which is open to all highschool students and results in a winner, first runner up, second runner up and honorable mention chosen from each of the state’s two congressional districts. The competition is co-hosted by the Commission and the offices of Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree.

To select student work for consideration, the Maine Arts Commission partners with the Maine College of Art and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Gold and silver winners from the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Awards are automatically submitted to be juried in February for the Congressional Art Competition.

For more information on the Congressional Art Competition in Maine, please contact the Maine Arts Commission at info@mainearts.com To learn more about the Commission’s arts education programs please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Education, at argy.nestor@maine.gov  To learn more about the Commission’s visual arts programs please contact Julie Horn, Director, Visual Arts Programs, at Julie.horn@maine.gov

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk is May 6

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Rockland’s first First Friday Art Walk of 2016 will take place May 6 from 5-8 pm. Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, The Gautschi Center, Project Puffin, The Art Loft (who are opening their doors for the first time), Black Hole, Landing Gallery and Carver Hill Gallery.
Michael Good Gallery will be showing hand painted silk scarves by Jen Derbyshire from Tenants Harbor and fanciful Seussian wooden boxes by John Shane.
Caldbeck Gallery will be showing George Mason’s “Relief Tapestries”, and Nancy Glassman’s watercolors and oils.  Both artists’s work is about the Georges River Watershed.
The Gautschi Center celebrates spring in Maine with a colorful and energizing display Brigitte Gautschi’s paintings of the beloved poppy. Also new to the Gautschi Center this spring are bronze sculptures by Ray Carbone, handcrafted wooden lamps by Joel Hokkanen and a vast array of unique gift items and jewelry.
Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole collaborate to host the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open, juried show, which will include 80 works from 44 artists.  Curated by Robert Colburn.
Carver Hill Gallery will present, “What You See”, a digital, digital collage, and photography/mixed media show with work from seven artists.
A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Center for Maine Crafts Week-long Mother’s Day Sale

10403040_683684795039928_3579611056148824745_nThe Center for Maine Craft’s annual week-long Mother’s Day Sale is today Sunday, May 1st through Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8th. All Jewelry and Pottery are 25% Off! Make your mom, mama, mum or yourself happy with a Maine made handcrafted gift.This sale happens only once a year!
The Center for Maine Craft is a retail store and gallery featuring products made by Maine Crafts Association members. The 2500 sq foot store is located inside the West Gardiner Service Plaza about 10 miles south of Augusta where I-95 and I-295 intersect. Shopping at the Center directly supports craft artists in Maine!
The gallery. located at 288 West Lewiston Road in Gardnier, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 6 pm. The telephone is 207.588.0021 Please note, no other discounts may be applied to the Mother’s Day Sale. .

Call for Artists: 3rd Annual Wet Paint on the Weskeag!

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The Kelpie Gallery has begun accepting artist submissions for “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!,” the third annual juried Wet Paint benefit auction for the Georges River Land Trust (GRLT). During the weekend of the event, selected artists will paint en plein air on properties protected by the GRLT.

Artists will create works on Friday, August 12 or Saturday, August 13 which will then be previewed at the gallery on Sunday, August 14 during a cocktail reception and auctioned off that evening. Proceeds from artwork sold will be split 50/50 with the artists and the Georges River Land Trust.

For the past 2 years, artists have painted along the Weskeag River and Marsh to create the works for this event. Through the GRLT’s “Bridging 2 Rivers” initiative, over 1,000 acres of land between the Weskeag and Georges Rivers are now protected, and this year the artists are invited to explore more of these areas. All mediums are welcome. Artists working in watercolors and pastels must provide a mat; no frames are permitted. The completed works will be on display at The Kelpie Gallery during the cocktail reception and preview on August 14, and auctioned off live starting at 5pm.

Interested artists are invited to submit two digital images of original plein air paintings in any medium for juried consideration to participate in “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!” All entries must arrive by the deadline of Monday, May 2nd. Application information and details can be found online at TheKelpieGallery.com. Please email TheKelpieGallery@gmail.com to submit images, or call 207-691-0392 or 207-691-3416 or with questions or for more information.