Waterfall Arts has scheduled two unique weekend workshops for March: Clay Garden Vessels with Randy Fein and Gelatin Prints with Abbie Read. In Fein’s workshop, the group will be able to make sculptural planters that can be fantastic conversation pieces for porch or garden. The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 29 from 1 – 5 p.m., to allow the clay to dry before finishing. Fee for the workshop is $160 plus $25 materials fee. A well known artist and instructor, Fein she loves to venture to the tropical waters of the Caribbean to inspire new aquatic clay sculpture and says of her work, “Clay is my material of expression it inspires touch, while offering infinite possibilities for shape and texture.” For more information visit waterfallarts.org.
On Monday, December 9, the Farnsworth Collective, the museum’s newest membership group, will present the final installment in our series of fun and varied workshops entitled Studio Nights at the Gamble center. The last of this five-part program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.
Join us for a do-it-yourself workshop on Christmas ornaments. Materials will be available, as well as a few sample ideas for suggested approaches. Feel free to bring in any items and materials from home that you’d like to incorporate if so inspired. Get ready to jazz up your Christmas tree or make a few ornaments to give as gifts during the holiday season. The fee for this program is free for Collective members, $10 for Farnsworth members, and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Education Department at 207-596-6457 or visit farsworthmuseum.org/education.
River Arts in Damariscotta is again offering its popular, summer stone carving workshops taught by Andy Serferlis. Students can participate in either weeklong workshop or both! Week I will be July 30-Aug 3 and Week II August 6- 10. Workshop hours are 10-2pm. The workshops are for beginners, or practiced hands. Bring your own stone or let us know if you need one. Limestone can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware. Stone carving is addictive and very satisfying.
River Arts in Damariscotta has open studios in life drawing, ceramics, and life sculpture and classes in: ceramics, encaustics, watercolor, landscape painting, figure drawing, stone carving, gourd carving, solar printing, felt making and Japanese Shibori. For more information please check the website riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.
River Arts in Damariscotta is announcing new classes in ceramics starting in November at the River Arts Sculpture and Ceramics Studio on Route 1 North in Damariscotta – including a class for youngsters on Saturdays.
Ceramic classes will be taught on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays mornings and evenings. Classes will range from wheel throwing to hand building, exploring firing techniques, to glazing techniques. Whether you’re interested in functional or sculptural, there’s something for everyone.
Classes will be taught by Liz Proffetty and Alexsondra Tomasulo who are both studio potters / sculptors and whose work has been shown in galleries around the country.
For more information about classes and other program offerings, visit the River Arts website www.riverartsme.org or call the main office at 170 Main Street, Damariscotta 207-563-1507
UM Museum of Art in Bangor is conducting a two day oil painting workshop with Sulivan artist Philp Frey. The focus will be on seeing, mixing and placing color accurately, drawing, composition, brush work as well as demonstrations and individual instruction by the artist. It will be painting from life, for any skill level with an hour lunch break. A list of materials will be provided upon registration. The workshop takes place Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29 from 10 am to 3 pm. The charge is $75.00 for Members and $90.00 for non-members. To see Philip’s work visit www.philipfrey.com. To register, or for more information, call UMMA Education Coordinator Eva Wagner at 561.3360.
Waterfall Arts in Belfast will hold four exceptional workshops in conjunction with Koichiro Kurita’s photographic exhibition Meditations on Thoreau on October 21st through 25th. The focus of the workshops is 19th century photo¬graphic processes and printing techniques. Instructors include Kurita, who is known for his elegant large format platinum/palladium prints, Jonathan Kline of Bennington College, who works in both traditional and digital forms of imaging and time-based projects, and Anna Strickland of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has taught Antique and Alternative Processes classes for over two de¬cades.
All the antique processes taught by Kurita and his colleagues have common characteristics : the use of large format negatives, light sensitive chemistry hand applied by brush on a variety of papers and contact printing accomplished by exposure to sunlight or a UV exposing unit. These techniques yield distinctive prints with luscious surfaces, unique coloration and a handmade, expressive feel.
On Friday October 21, Kurita will hold a Platinum/Palladium introductory class focusing on the basics of preparing large negatives, mixing chemistry, paper choices, hand application of emulsions and archival processing. The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm.
Kurita will lead a Master Class in Platinum/Palladium printing for experienced photographers on Saturday and Sunday October 22 & 23 from 10am to 5pm. During the workshop he will share his personal techniques and recipes, including working with Japanese gampi paper. Although the basics of creating large negatives will be discussed, students will be expected to come prepared with their own negatives for printing.
On Monday October 24th Jonathan Kline will teach a Calotype workshop, where students will try their hand at making negatives on paper using an adaptation of William Fox Talbot’s original 1841 Calotype Process. A large format camera will be provided, along with all the necessary paper and chemicals for each participant to make a negative on paper. Landscapes and architectural views are encouraged, as exposure times will be long. The class meets from 10 to 5.
Anna Strickland’s Gum Bichromate workshop from 10 to 5 on Tuesday October 25 will acquaint students with the basics of preparing large negatives and camera-less photography such as cliché verre, mixing and applying chemistry, archival processing and the specifics of working with a pigment based process using powdered pigments, water colors and gouache.
Kurita will give an artist’s talk on Thursday, October 20 beginning at 7pm at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High Street, with an introduction by Ed Earle, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Sponsors for the talk and exhibit are Cold Mountain Builders and Consumers Fuel, both of Belfast. The Meditations on Thoreau exhibit continues through November 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and by appointment; call the office to arrange.
Those registering for three or four workshops will receive a 10% discount. The workshops will be held at the Waterfall Arts Montville studio and darkroom, rain or shine. For workshop fees, a list of mid-coast accommodations, to register or for more information, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 207 338 2222.
Art and Artists will abound in wonderful white tents in Boothbay Harbor come Saturday morning, Sept. 3rd of Labor Day weekend.
This annual juried one-day art fair has traditionally ended the summer season with artistic excitement and high quality art; this year, it’s even better.. Throughout the day, artists will be demonstrating their ways of painting for all to see, and to ask questions. John Seitzer of Joy to the Wind Gallery will be demonstrating his painting techniques as will be Jim Taliana of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Mel Zeoli and more. Barbara Eldred will be demonstrating the coil-method of pottery along with a display of her fine works.
Art@Waterfront Park takes place Sat., Sept. 3 (rain date Sunday), 9 – 5pm in the Whale/Waterfront Park in Boothbay Harbor. This event is sponsored and produced by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation. Free admission and everyone is invited.
Along with classes in ceramics, painting, and bookmaking River Arts is pleased to offer a Maine specialty – stone carving. The classes, taught by Andy Seferlis, are for beginners, or practiced hands. Week II will occur August 8 through 12.
Stone carving is addictive, tiring and satisfying in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Bring your own stone or let River Arts provide one. Limestone and/or marble can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware store.
Further, an alabaster stone carving weekend with Anne Alexander will take place August 16, 17, and 18. This class fee is $180 members/$195 for non-members.
Students will carve small pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms. We will look at examples of nature from the surrounding ecosystem (shells, lichen, plant pods) for inspiration for the forms of our work. Methods of carving including hammering with chisels, filing, sawing, and drilling will be taught. The various methods of finishing the stone from wet sanding to oiling and waxing will be the final part of the workshop.
Anne Alexander primarily carves her work in wood and stone. She makes pieces that range in size from small hand held pieces to human size exterior installations. Her work is organic in form and are abstractions of small life forms from the natural world, (marine life, plant pods, insects etc.) Her work also refers to the human body and expresses themes of life stages, germination, growth, regeneration, sexuality, and cyclic changes. Please refer to her website to see examples of her work.
FMI, call (207) 563-1507 or visit the River Arts website.