New Work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents new work by Marsha Donahue, Colin Page, Roger Prince, and Alec Richardson.

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“Fixing the Traps, Calderwood Neck” by Marsha Donahue

In her compositionally complex watercolors, Marsha Donahue employs vivid coloration and sophisticated use of light to create dynamic Maine landscapes, particularly in interior Maine, near Katahdin, where she now resides.

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“Scarborough Lobster Shack” by Colin Page

Colin Page feels that every painting should be as personal as painting a self-portrait. His goal is to capture the spark of excitement that called him to set up his easel whether it is the subject’s vibrant color or the atmospheric space. Through his paintings, he shares the poetry of experience, each painting must breathe and have a life of its own.

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“Tin Pan Alley” by Roger Prince

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“Great Wass Shore” by Alec Richardson

Searching for what he finds mysterious and powerful about the Maine coast, Alec Richardson discovers the quiet complexities behind unassuming subjects. He concerns himself with the “look” of Maine while examining what it means to be a painter in Maine, with its long tradition and significant history, from Homer to Wyeth and beyond.

Haynes Galleries presents “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest”

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“Garden” by Nancy Depew

Lusciously green and highly realized, Nancy Depew’s forestscapes will transport viewers to an untouched oasis during Haynes Galleries’ newest vignette show. “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest” will feature Depew’s meticulously painted forest scenes that are simultaneously thick with beauty and full of mystery. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Both exhibits, which highlight the variety present in contemporary landscape painting, will be on view from July 31 through August 30 at Haynes Galleries at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.

This spotlight on Depew’s work will focus on her series of forestscapes painted in oil. In close-up views of pristine woods, light filters through unseen canopies to spotlight vividly green trees, flowing brooks, and moss-covered rocks, all expertly rendered with the utmost detail.

To achieve such a level of detail, the New Jersey-based artist combines traditional realist oil painting techniques with a contemporary twist. She works extensively from life, building up paint through careful layers, but she also takes photographs to remind herself later of the structure of the scene. The result is work that is remarkably vivid and lifelike. Depew’s forests breathe, move, and change.

But there is also an element of stillness to each scene. Nothing disrupts the silence of Depew’s forests except the sound of water trickling downstream or maybe the buzz of some invisible insect. The quiet is an element imbued from the beginning. “When I paint,” says Depew, “I feel like I’m trying to uncover something that is at once very fragile and elusive. If I talk too loud, it all disappears.” To uncover— and protect— the beauty of each scene, Depew carefully controls the light and infuses each with subtle emotion. With simple, evocative titles like Pause, Pulse, and Suspension, Depew’s work suggests the artist’s state of mind as she worked.

Depew’s titles also hint at the tension viewers will experience in each forestscape. For all of nature’s nooks and crannies exposed in endless detail and soft light, much remains obscured in deep shadow. In Treasure the unknown dangers of wilderness lurk just out of view as a shaft of light reveals a rocky stream. Nature’s beauty cannot be experienced without its risks. Depew’s visual drama is as mysterious as it is enticing.
Working in a rigorous yet refined realist style, Nancy Depew paints portraits and still lifes in addition to her forestscapes. She approaches each genre in the same fashion— with an open mind. “I don’t have a set method that I repeat each time I work,” says Depew. “I try to respond to the artwork as it forms, choosing options that will lead me to learning the most I can from and about the work.” The result is work that has continually captured viewers’ attention. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, including numerous one-woman shows at both galleries and museums, and Depew has received several prestigious painting fellowships.

Viewers can get lost in how well Depew paints the minute details of her forests but the artist says she’s not interested in documenting. Instead, the emphasis is on nature, emotion, and visual poetry. “I see us as a part of nature,” says Depew, “not separate from it.”

Courthouse Gallery opens 2 new shows

Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth exhibits two new shows August 20 – September 14 with an Artists’ Reception 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20.

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“In the Moment” by Philip Frey

Whether in the studio or outside painting en plein air, Philip Frey has always appreciated the challenge of capturing change. For “In the Moment,” Frey turns his focus toward movement by using intense color and variegated brushwork. Light falls over planes and forms, animating objects and figures—water sparkles, rocks are no longer inert, old cars come alive. In Summer, Frey’s composition imbues the happenstance of Degas, who boldly organized his pictorial space like a photographer, previously an unheard of concept. Like Degas, Frey contrast wide unencumbered areas with figures pushing them toward the periphery even cropping some on the edge. This leaves Frey plenty of room to work his magic when he tones large areas devoid of detail with bold color and shimmering hues.

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“Cascade Falls” by Ed Nadeau

Ed Nadeau joins Paul Hannon in a two-person show that brings attention to the power and intrigue of ordinary moments and illuminates common place scenes with an extraordinary richness and depth. Ed Nadeau thrives on everyday life—whether it’s the remnant of a cigarette in the road or two crows perched on a power line high above a neighborhood street. Known for his paintings of a life lived “near the edge,” Nadeau has an uncanny ability to bring his unique narrative vision to the landscape. In Cascade Falls everything is wet—water rips its way through a narrow gorge, sliding over rocks made smooth by years of erosion and spilling out of the canvas into the viewer’s space. The forest is dense, the air heavy, and one can smell the dampness of a summer rain. Nadeau intensifies the excitement by deliberately placing a branch at the edge of the frontal plane, as if offering a lifeline to a capsized rafter.

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“The Immigrant” by Paul Hannon

Paul Hannon, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, uses this quaint maritime city as inspiration for his captivating urban scenes. Here, Hannon’s rich imagery recalls mid-century America, a wistful era of simpler times—before big-box stores, shopping malls, and the Internet—when mom and pop stores occupied every corner, in every neighborhood. Hannon prefers evening scenes, using the light from street lamps and neon signs to make subtle distinctions in expression—rainy streets shimmer with colorful hues, weathered facades are beautifully shadowed, and windows glow from within. Yet, paintings like The Immigrant suggest another layer of meaning hovering beneath the innocence and nostalgia.

MFT Gallery spins Cow Tales from facts and fine art

It takes a brave artist to paint cows in Maine. It takes a brave farmer to milk them.

The first statement has to do with how cow paintings may be perceived in the greater world of art. Plenty of artists attempt to paint cows – few escape the judgment of being cliché. To paint a cow and wow your audience is no small feat.

The second statement relates to the state of the dairy industry in Maine. Maine farms are perfectly suited to raise healthy cows and produce delicious milk – but the federal milk pricing system makes it very difficult for farmers to cover the cost of producing milk.

Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 40’s and 50’s, are also included.

These three female artists have more in common than the obvious subject matter of their art: each one has been putting her brush to the canvas for many decades and can boast an impressive resume of both gallery and museum shows.

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Large Holstein by Frances Hynes

Frances Hynes, an artist who divides her time between Maine and New York, is perhaps better known for her abstract work. Her minimalist cows, however, are noteworthy creations from her earlier figurative period which deserve to be put to pasture in a museum. They stand on large canvases, dominated by blacks and whites with occasional pinks or greens highlighting a barn, a hill, a window. It is in fact this same window motif from Hynes’ 1980’s farm animal series which became the familiar grid pattern underlying many of her later paintings – as such, these pieces pinpoint a pivotal moment in the artist’s development.

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“Totton’s Herd” by Sharon Yates

Sharon Yates, who hails from Washington County, knows her cattle. Years ago she moved from painting scenic coastal motifs to the study of cows. “I was struck by their angular forms moving in the changing light and weather,” explains the artist, who insists on painting her subjects in their natural environment. “Cows are worth the trouble because they have intensified the immediacy of my experience in painting outdoors. They ignite the landscape. Positioning myself low to the ground and close up to these animals, I see their anatomy and movements no matter how slight.” Yates thrives on the unexpected: “Ruts, wet spots, manure and fences often rule.” As do the resulting paintings: small oils with a big aura, cast with a sculptural hand.

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Dairy Barn from Ten Big Farms (Knopf, NY) by Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar behooves no introduction. A farm-girl at heart, illustrator of over thirty children’s books and still painting in her nineties, she is rightly considered one of Maine’s Masters. She was awarded the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America award in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. In 2013, Maine College of Art (MECA) awarded Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. Ipcar’s original children’s book illustrations were exhibited at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in May 2013; for Cow Tales, the artist has contributed several original drawings and watercolors from the 40’s and 50’s which previously werenot for sale. Of these, the graphite drawing of two Jersey Cows, with its seemingly effortless, steady lines and delightful curves, is an absolute gem.

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study of cows by Dahlov Ipcar

Additional works by the featured artists, with farm-related subject matter beyond cows, are shown on the gallery’s second floor, as well as several cow paintings by other gallery artists. Among these is a small watercolor of grazing cattle by the late Joseph Fiore (1925-2008), donated to the Trust to raise funds for farmland preservation.

Cow Tales launches Friday August 22nd with a reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m., open to the public. In addition, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be open for Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk on Friday August 29 and September 26, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Regular opening hours of MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast are Monday through Friday, 9 – 4. For extra summer hours on Friday evening and Saturdays, please check the gallery website: mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. The show will be on display from August 22 through September 29, 2014.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Star Gallery features Robert S. Neuman and Rikki Morley Saunders

 

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Star Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Robert S. Neuman’s exhibition on August 14, 2014. The exhibition runs from August 14th through August 27th, 2014. Mr. Neuman, 87, and his family will both be present at the Gallery for the opening reception on August 14th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm. Star Gallery is located at 6 Neighborhood Road in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

This retrospective-style exhibition will include paintings, mixed media works on paper and prints dating from 1961-1998. The selection at Star Gallery represents how the Artist is able to translate modern day cultural themes throughout his diverse series’ and various media.

All of the works featured in this exhibition represent Neuman’s distinctive artistic language. Often, forms, textures and shapes are created by stamping household items like lamp shades, tuna cans, and toothpaste caps onto the canvas. The Artist also uses a taping technique, which allows bold lines of color- blocked spaces, or the opposite: sedimentary layers of paint and tape. Neuman used both of these techniques throughout his body of work and also when creating unique works on paper and prints.

 

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Fox Head Bookends by Rikki Morley Saunders

Five Maine Photographers exhibit at 45 Memorial Circle

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present “The Spirit of Maine,” a mini art exhibition in the former ATM space at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. The five photographers from five small western towns in Maine communicate the spirit of Maine through their dynamic photographs from across the state. Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn all share a passion for capturing and sharing the essence of Maine life and its natural scenic beauty. On view August 18 – October 3, 2014 the installation is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. For more information about the exhibition contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery at kvaa@harlowgallery.org or (207) 622-3813 or visit harlowgallery.org.

Keag River Gallery presents “Dream Escape”

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Keag River Gallery presents “Dream Escape,” a solo show featuring new works by Rockland photographer Pipyr. Allow yourself to be immersed in a world of butterfly messengers, unexpected journeys, and transcendent conditions. The show will hang in the gallery throughout August to September 15.

Pipyr specializes in cyanotype – an antique printing process using chemicals in a darkroom to create surreal renderings in various shades of blue and brown. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see work created using techniques created in the 19th century.

The Keag River Gallery is located at 25 Dublin road in S. Thomaston, ME. More can be found online at keagrivergallery.com

Tillman Crane Photography features new work

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Tillman Crane presents over 70 images of new work at his 22 Pearl Street gallery in Camden. The gallery is open by appointment most of the year. Tillman Crane is a large format photographer specializing in platinum prints. Artist, teacher and photojournalist, Crane has been professionally involved with photography for over 30 years. Known for his beautiful, luminescent prints of the quiet corners in life that most of us simply pass by, his images pull us in for a closer look. Whether the subject is man-made or God-made, each contains a quality of light and detail that provides both a sense of the “real” and that of spirit. Crane also has two images in the exhibit Second Sight at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This show is from the David Kronn collection and runs from August 1 through November 9. For more inf visit tillmancrane.com

New Artwork at Pemaquid Gallery

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“Autumn at the Point” by Peggy Farrell

As they have in past seasons, the exhibiting artists of The Pemaquid Artists Group have refreshed their panels with new works of art. Visitors to the gallery after the mid-season point will discover many new and exciting oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors. In addition to larger framed works, gallery visitors will find smaller and very affordable paintings on the gallery’s three “mini-boards.” Several bins offer matted, but unframed original artwork. The Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits only original work by local artists who reside on the Pemaquid peninsula. There is an original painting for every taste and for every pocketbook.

The 2014 exhibiting artists include: Barbara Applegate, Debra L. Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, Bill Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson, Jr., and Bob Vaughan.

Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 677-2752. The website is pemaquidartgallery.com.

Invitational Showcase of 40 Maine’s Best Craftsmen at The Samoset

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Samoset Resort hopes to see friends and fans at this new, very fine show!

This is an Invitational Showcase of 40 of Maine’s best craftsmen, many of whom have been recognized nationally. I’m honored to be exhibiting with this exceptional group of artists, and look forward to seeing you there. Show hours at Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wishing you happy summer days and nights. For more information or directions to the Samoset, find it here.

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three rugs by Sara Hotchkiss

Cynthia Winings Gallery opens “Abide With Me”

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“New Construction” by Cynthia Winings

Everyone is warmly invited to our fourth show of the 2014 season! 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.

The new group exhibition, “Abide With Me,” features contemporary artists whose work includes painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. The name for the show, “Abide With Me,” is from a line in a poem, “Morning Swim” by Maxine Kumin.

We are fortunate to exhibit artists including: Hélène Farrar, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Heather Lyon, Jen Maloney, Ben Potter, and Jerry Rose.

The exhibition, “Abide With Me,” will be on view August 10 through Septembfer 12. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or call (917) 204-4001

Greenhut Galleries opens “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark”

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“Old Quarry” by Jon Imber

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Jon Imber (1950 – 2014) Power of the Mark,” August 7 – 30, 2014. “Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting… a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber: My Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, and Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

Turtle Gallery hosts all media 75th Anniversary Show

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The Turtle Gallery will host an all media Deer Isle Bridge – 75th Anniversary Show; a collection of Brooches to Wear by gallery jewelers; and collections of new paintings by Nina Jerome and Michael Weymouth. This third show of the 2014 season will open
with a reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday August 17 and will run through September 6.

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“New Mexico Ridge, Stormy Sky” by Nina Jerome

Painter Nina Jerome’s current showing titled “Unfamiliar Territory” is comprised of paintings done away from Maine. Jerome has been teaching drawing and painting at the University of Maine in Orono since 1987. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Rhode
Island School of Design, she has been inspired by light and color interacting with both natural and constructed environments. Outdoor interests such as kayaking and hiking have influenced her painting. She says that while traveling, the embedded triggers of light,
structure, color, and movement kick in at unexpected moments.

“View from the Ledge” by Michael Weymouth

Maine native, Michael Weymouth graduated from New England School of Art in Boston Massachusetts in 1963. In 1973 he started Weymouth Design, which became one of the leading annual report design firms in the country. He is photographer, painter and author of several books. Weymouth was awarded this year’s excellence in publishing award which went to poet Elizabeth Garber and painter/photographer Weymouth for their self-published collaboration Maine: Island Time. Their coffee-table book celebrates Maine’s islands, especially Great Spruce Head Island, owned by the Porter family and a muse to nature photographer Eliot Porter and painter Fairfield Porter. This show is comprised of the original pieces from which the book is made. Weymouth will sign copies of the books at the opening. The Turtle Gallery also shows blown and cast glass, limited edition prints, sculpture, clay and jewelry. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Rd. (Route 15) and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 2 – 6 p.m. Please visit online at theturtlegallery.com or call 348 9977 for further information.

Art and Fine Craft in the Northeast Harbor art tent

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delicate blossoms necklace by Suzanne Anderson

Four Maine artists will be inhabiting the art tent in Northeast Harbor starting Wednesday August 21. Bright, colorful and soulful works: paintings by Wendilee Heath O’Brien of Whopaints, garden sculpture by Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians, jewelry and fiber pieces by Suzanne Anderson of YIKES! Studio, and wearables by Kendra Haskel of Whimsey. The art tent is at 126 Main St., across from Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor. There will be a special opening reception on Thursday, August 21 at 5 p.m. Come meet the artists, have some wine & snacks. Featuring music by dj Selekta. The art tent will be open 9 – 5 every day, August 21 through 26. For more info contact suzanne@yikestudio.com.

Richard Boyd Gallery opens Pam Cabañas solo exhibition

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“Timber Point Blues” by Pam Cabañas

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of images by Friendship, ME artist Pam Cabañas “Wandering thru the Tide” on September 1, at 10:00 am. Much of Pam’s work has its start en plein air, inspired by the “stunning visuals and huge hearts rooted deep in the harsh and ever changing coast of Maine. My work seeks to uncover the chords that bind the love of place with the creation and viewing of fine art. My exploration of the uninhabited islands of the Muscungus has led me into a series of paintings that I hope blend the shocking beauty of the coastal Maine environment with a self-portrait easily accessible to the hearts of my viewers. Working in two divergent mediums, soft pastel and monochromatic ink wash, I move ever closer to my artistic goals.”

Pam’s formal education in the arts include a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and graduate studies in hand lithography and art education at the University of New Mexico. Pam is a “full time artist with part-time incursions” which includes her work as a docent for the Farnsworth Art Museum. Pam’s work is on exhibit free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through September 30, 2014. The gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. To request additional information about the exhibit, please call the gallery at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit richardboydartgallery.com.

Tidemark Galleries open four new shows

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“Quebec City” by Julian Sacks

Tidemark Gallery‘s featured artist is Julian Sacks, equally at home in rural Whitefield, Maine, as in the urban centers of the world. For this show, his oils and watercolors are all “Citiscapes.”

Friendship’s Maine Coast Artist Gallery is presenting “Inspired by the Earth,” a collection of fine art and crafts.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery hosts painter, Jim Root, with sculpture and paintings by Philippe Guillerm.

Old Number Nine will have a pop-up show of paintings by Bob Besaw and Stephen Parmley, with sculpture by Parmley.

High Street Studio celebrates “Patchwork of Color”

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“Sewing Strata” by Diane Savona

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast hosts guest artists Jeanne Dawson, Diane Hire, Diane Savona, and Jerri Finch for “Patchwork of Color: Quilts as Inspiration” August 28 through September 24 with and Opening Reception Friday, August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m with hands on activities.

A one-day acrylic painting workshop with artist Susan Tobey White at Penobscot Marine Museum will be held on Friday, August 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The exhibition and workshop anticipate “Do It Your Way: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” at the Fiber College of Maine in September.

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens “Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France & America”

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“In Her Boudoir” by Georges Ferdinand Lemmers

“Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France and America” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, August 16th. From views of Paris, the foothills of Vermont and the coast of Monhegan, this exhibition focuses on European and American landscape and genre paintings spanning the Realism through Impressionist movements.

European works featured in the exhibition include a rich, impressionistic interior by Belgian artist Georges Ferdinand Lemmers (Belgian, 1871-1944). “In Her Boudoir” illustrates Lemmers’ mastery of the European Impressionist style and his versatility as an artist adroitly combining the nude, still life and an eloquent interior into a single composition. Rich blues and warm creamy oranges vitalize the painting’s intimate subject matter. French artist Jules Herve (French, 1887-1981) captures children watching the crowds at La Place de Concorde while Jean Salabet (French, b. 1900) depicts the sun setting along the Conciegerie, the streets filled with people and the vendor stalls filled with colorful fares. The horse and rider in Marcel Vertes’ (American/Hungarian, 1895-1961) “Circus Performer” leap across the page, the movement and strength of the horse portrayed with simple tones and brushwork

American works highlighted in the exhibition include John Whorf’s (American, 1903-1959) impressionistic watercolor, “By the Stream,” depicting a female nude awash in dappled sunlight, bathing at the edge of a woodland stream. Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott’s (American, 1846-1925) realistic and delicate rendition of Monhegan Village, with the rocky mass of Manana in the background records island life in the 1890′s. A group of impressionistic oils of the Vermont landscape by Lucy Hariot Booth (American, 1869-1952) are also on display. Booth, who studied with Theodore Robinson (American, 1852 – 1896), captures the foothills and fields around Townsend, Vermont with thick broken brushwork and pastel tones. Paintings by Robert Phillip, Reginald Marsh, A.C. Goodwin, Carolus Duran, Charles Emile Jacque, Louis Teicher and others will also be featured in exhibition.

Contemporary New England paintings will be on display, including colorful still life paintings by Geer Morton, Ann Getsinger and Marjorie Moskowitz, and coastal and inland Maine views by Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Tom McCobb, Don Stone, Guy Corriero, Tom Curry, Diana Johnson, J. Thomas R. Higgins, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, Roberta Goschke, David Kasman and Carlton Plummer.

“Realism and Impressionism in Belgium, France and America” will be on display through September 30th. For more information, call (207) 882-7682, or visit the gallery’s website at wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

Abbie Williams returns to Summer Island Studio

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“Dr. Proctor’s Hollyhocks” by Abbie Williams

Abbie Williams from Damariscotta Mills will be returning the month of August to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans.

William’s paintings are all glimpses into her perception of life along the coast of Maine, the Island of Monhegan and Taos New Mexico. Using rich color and employing the dramatic light of the coast and the high desert, she works to capture the extraordinary way the light changes moment to moment which infuses her response to the colors that are often too subtle for the casual observer.

Having spent most her life painting and living along the coast of Maine, then spending 10 years painting the high desert of New Mexico, she has continually been inspired by the challenges the local environment presents. Traditionally trained as a painter, Williams has spent a lifetime observing and taking in the nuances of color, shape, textures and light that make up what she paints and now through in her work.

Pande Stevens and Jane Herbert at Pemaquid Art Gallery

According to Pande Stevens, he is working on, “assorted landscapes and seascapes in one of the most exciting shorelines of the world.” Painting in a variety of media including watercolor, tempera, oils and charcoal, he expresses his appreciation for the beauty he sees. Among his favorite spots is Lubec, Maine. Stevens is pleased that people recognize his subject matter of popular New England views.

“Every sale I make with my work is a reward and an award,” says Stevens and he truly enjoys, “touching the lives of people with my art.” To that end he enjoys passing on his love of creativity to his grandchildren when they visit his studio. In a similar vein, Stevens has plans to give a lettering and art demonstration at the Great Salt Bay School for the second grade class.

Stevens prefers to work in his studio where he is busy catching up with requests for pieces of his work. His dream is to one day paint and teach in Albania and the Balkins where the mountains and valleys across Albania fill him with inspiration.

Stevens began sketching after school and with community classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum in the Fens of Boston. He later studied at Vesper George School of Art in Boston and was tutored by Ruffy James. His creative eye was employed during his business career overseeing renditions of company products. With a sense of humor Stevens adds that his most important artistic assets are “healthy hands, steady fingers and at this point in life, good vision!”

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“Short Cut” by Jane Herbert

Jane Herbert joins Stevens in his cheerful appreciation of natural beauty with her seascapes. She prefers to work on location on the uninhabited islands and coves of the local coast. The painter also works in her home studio in Damariscotta often using sketches or photos from her adventures.

Herbert is a self-taught artist who has been working with acrylic paints for over forty years. During that time her painting style has matured along with her skills. At the present time her realistic work is focused on the horizon.

In addition to Pemaquid Art Gallery, Herbert recently had a solo show in Portland at the Richard Boyd Art Gallery. Her work is exhibited seasonally at the Scottish Lion and Friends Gallery in Bristol, Sigrid and Associates Real Estate, LLC in Damariscotta and on her website, janeherbert.com.

Along with Stevens and Herbert exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Jean Nelson Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Marnie Sinclair, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is situated within Pemaquid Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point. The gallery is open every day through Columbus Day from 10 until 5. Its website is pemaquidartgallery.com.