Camden Falls Gallery welcomes new gallery artists Moeller and Van Hook

Camden Falls Gallery is now featuring the work of award-winning landscape and figure painters Stan Moeller and George Van Hook, who have both recently joined the gallery.

Moeller, who currently resides in York, Maine, was raised in rural northern Indiana near the Michigan border. Excelling in art from an early age, he studied art at Western Michigan University and took as many life-drawing classes as he could. One instructor, a portrait painter from NYC, told him, “If you really want to be an artist, get out of here (college) and go paint.” To this day, Stan believes it is the very act of painting that is the best instructor, to paraphrase one of his heroes, the Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Basstida.


Stan Moeller- Egret Sanctuary, Oil on Linen Panel, 18 x 24 inches

During and after college, Moeller performed as a singer-songwriter in clubs and coffee houses, releasing a CD and touring extensively throughout the United States. In the 1990s, he and his wife Tammy (also a musician) released three more CDs together before Stan quit playing music professionally and devoted himself full-time to painting. In the mid-1990’s, while painting on Monhegan Island, he met resident artist and fellow musician Don Stone (1929 – 2015), who became his most important mentor and a dear friend. Over the years, Stone shared many stories about the painters in his life, including Paul Strisik, Emile Gruppé and Aldro Hibbard and others, as well as the lessons he learned from them.

In recent years, Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island,  and has also taught a master class entitled “En Plein Air Figure in the Landscape” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, NH, where he taught courses for seven years. He also travels frequently to France and Italy for inspiration to sketch and paint. He has conducted workshops in Tuscany and the south of France, and was awarded a painting residency in Brittany. About his work, Stan writes, “I am just as intrigued by the way the light wraps around a subject as the subject itself.  It seems like I’m always painting in my head. Whenever I’m looking, I’m painting; always looking at the value relationships and asking myself ‘how would I paint that?’”

Camden-FallsGeorge Van Hook- Low Tide, Oil on Linen, 20 x 16 inches

Our other featured plein air painter, George Van Hook, is a highly regarded and well-established artist, who has recently received recognition from three prestigious organizations for his work. He was awarded First Place in the 2013 Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, and won the festival’s Quick Draw competition. He was also invited to participate in the private painter’s event “Paint the Adirondacks,” hosted by the publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Eric Rhoads. Additionally, his work has been accepted into two juried exhibitions at Vermont’s Bennington Center for the Arts: “Impressions of New England” and the “Laumeister Fine Art Competition,” the latter of which is juried by Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur. We are honored that he has chosen Camden Falls Gallery to represent his work in Maine.

Born and raised in a northern suburb of Philadelphia, Van Hook was exposed early on to the culture of one of our oldest cities. His family also owned a farm in rural Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. The rich landscape of farmland and forest fostered the talented group of artists known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists, as well as the famous artists and illustrators of the Brandywine tradition, Howard Pyle and the Wyeth clan. As a young student, Van Hook had the good fortune to traverse Europe on a film-making expedition. He exhibited an early reverence for European traditions by spending hours in the Louvre copying the old masters.

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. He describes his work as a marriage of external and internal forces, with what emerges on the canvas serving to reflect both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure,” he adds.

George has also spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland, Camden and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson. This summer, George painted his way up the coast of Maine right to our door. Our gallery is currently showing the fruits of this plein air adventure, alongside the work of Stan Moeller and over 40 other artists.

Located on the Public Landing in Camden, Maine, Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Kids Talk About Art”

winingsCynthia Winings, Loretta In The Gallery, 2015
On Fir5st Friday, October 2, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents KIDS TALK ABOUT ART, on First Friday in Blue Hill, October 2, 5 – 7 PM. The gallery invites kids of all ages to talk about the artwork in the current show, Belonging To Time. Children and their parents are welcome to join us at 5:00PM, when the children will lead the discussion about the art on the walls, with their insights, questions, and creative opinions!

The Cynthia Winings Gallery currently is hosting a group exhibition, Belonging To Time, featuring the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, David Hornung, Carol Pelletier, and Pat Wheeler. Including new artwork from Daniel Anselmi, Josephine Burr, Heather Lyon, and Lari Washburn. With artwork from Louise Bourne, Hannah Burr, Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Kate Emlen, Roberta Amina Greany, Diane Green, Eugene Koch, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Justin Richel, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, and Goody-B. Wiseman

Everyone is warmly invited to our final First Friday of the 2015 season. The artist-owned Cynthia Winings Gallery is located at the site of the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill. The exhibition, Belonging To Time will be on view August 30 through October 11. Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at or 917.204.4001

Ragna Bruno Art Opening at She-Bear on Oct. 2

untitled“Flower Woman” by Ragna Bruno

She-Bear Gallery in Portland is pleased to announce the exhibit of Pastel-on-Paper Figures by Ragna Bruno from October 2 through November 29. An Artist Reception takes place during First Friday ArtWalk on October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The abstract markings surrounding all of Ragna’s figures allude to the complex narrative that is a human being. As the dictionary says, beauty is “perfection of form.” Ragna Bruno’s figures are indeed exquisite of form, and yet, she understands how our selves extend beyond the confines of shape.

Ragna couples her metaphysical subject matter with soothing, serene, and sophisticated color choices. Even her execution of a hot burst of fuchsia is tender. A native of Madrid, Spain, Ragna has lived in Maine since 1977 and has shown in numerous galleries throughout New England.

The “beauty” of her paintings and pastels in found in their curiosity and contemplation, in their gentle and vibrant colors, in their compelling and authentic manifestation of the artist’s lovely spirit.

She-Bear Gallery is located at 650 Congress Street. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (207) 239-2088.

Elizabeth Opalenik’s “Reflecting on the Edge” + “Altered Egos”

Elizabeth Opalenik 2 Connected beyond Time. image1659.  Archival Pigment Print on handmade awagami paperElizabeth Opalenik’s “Connected Beyond Time”

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland will feature Elizabeth Opalenik for the gallery walk on First Friday, October 2. The artist will be in attendance. This body of work has never been shown before, and we are delighted to be bringing it to you.

In Elizabeth Opalenik’s recent work she uses models in diaphanous fabrics under water. Her camera is at a very interesting vantage point where the water distorts the reality. Her process is unique as she prints these images on deliciously rich handmade Japanese paper, making the prints look, appropriately, like watercolor paintings. She discovered she can also shoot reflecting off of Mylar, which similarly distorts in interesting ways. Hence came the series “Altered Egos.”

“I began photographing models in the water in 1979. Throughout my career, images that resembled the work in “Reflecting on the Edge” would show up for me, but were never the full intent of the way I was photographing then.  I would put them aside and think “One day I will get back to this….there is something there…”  Then last October, I was working in a friend’s pool and I just “saw” it as something complete and set out to make the images.  For the most part, what you see is what I have created in camera.  Like many things in life, one must learn how to see what isn’t there to learn how to see it.”

Elizabeth Opalenik 2Halo of Light.image 612. Archival  Pigment Print on handmade awagami paperElizabeth Opalenik’s “Halo of Light”

Elizabeth teaches workshops all over the world. She has had several “lives within her life” including owning a construction company and running jazz clubs, but a workshop in the 1970’s in Rockport led to her to sell everything and commit to photography. She has never looked back. Recently she has combined her focus with altruistic ventures, which have become critically important to her.

“Whether you donate money or time, you only need to see one two-year old child have her sight restored from congenital cataracts or hear a grandmother say as she embraces her grandchild , “I’m rich, I’m rich.  Yesterday I heard your voice… and today I can see your face.”  Then you will know, you can make a difference. There are so many projects in the world, get involved. This year, my trip was funded by the generosity of my workshop students wanting to help. Everybody wins and it is a way for me to blend both sides of my artistic life. More information can be found on project stories and how you can help on my website”

New Exhibit Opens at Caldbeck Gallery on First Friday

2Tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

From October 2 through November 7, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the woven tapestries of Morris David Dorenfeld of Spruce Head, and recent works in mixed medium on paper by Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dorenfeld spent his formative years studying painting at the Chicago Art Institute. He designed fabrics for a living, all the while pursuing his own aesthetic investigations into the arts. The artist moved to Maine in 1978, bringing with him an old weaving loom he had rescued from a barn in New Hampshire. He wanted to live in balance with nature, to be renewed through his art.

“With hands, heart, and head, the designing and weaving of tapestries became a natural means of personal expression”, the artist explains.  “The weavings are done on a vertical tapestry loom. The weft is beaten down by hand with a hardwood fork and with fingers, especially when using small butterfly hanks of yarn.  This procedure is time consuming, requiring concentration and patience, but when the finished piece is taken from the loom, it is as tight as a drum and within the total, each single “pick”, is fully known.  My tapestries rely on design, composition, proportion, and color. They are to be experienced, like a painting or any work of art, for its own visual power and force of statement.”

The tapestries in “Hunter Variations” were made over the past 2 years.  Each measures in the 70 x 46 inch range, and is built on stripes and blocks of brilliant and audacious color, including Hunter Orange.  Each finished design and weaving sets the stage for the next piece.  The series is still in progress.  This is the artist’s third solo show with the Caldbeck.

12063353_797214137056564_6573511063392922965_nNew work by Kathleen Florance

In “Tango”, Florance combines her love of drawing, printmaking, and painting in these works on paper, ranging in size from 26 x 20 inches to 35 x 26 inches.  Some pieces are on a synthetic paper called “Yupo”, while a number of pieces are on Rives BFK cotton rag printmaking paper.  The Yupo’s hard, impenetrable surface supports the litho crayon and acrylic relief ink on the surface of the paper only, such that the colors seem to be lit from behind.  The Rives BFK lends itself to softer tones, as it is more absorbent.   Using masking tape and/or stencils, the artist rolls the brightly colored relief inks onto the paper, making large geometric shapes as well as the finest of lines.  These work with the black lines and washes of the litho crayon.

Florance explains the show’s title, “Tango”:  “as a less than graceful, diehard tomboy little girl, I had wonderful dreams of dancing…stepping, swirling, bending, twirling… my art is now that dance.  This series, as with all my work, is based on the forms and study of nature.  In this case, I found great inspiration in the lines and spaces in the architecture of spider webs.  Informed and intrigued by concept and structure, I began my dance – step in, step out, swoop and bend.  each piece is a new dance – moving and turning, bending and stepping – guided by line, charmed by color. Dancing to the last mark”. Florance has shown widely in Maine and has created a number of environmental installations. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1988.

Fall gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (207) 594 5935.

Chris Reed at Summer Island Studio for Oct. 9 ArtWalk

Ethereal-Embrace-600x449“Etherial Embrace” by Chris Reed

Chris Reed, a Bowdoin College graduate from Portland, will be joining Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of October.

Opening Reception and Open House will be held, on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk, which is October 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Wine, Cheese and Hors doerves will be served.  Any questions call Patti L. Baker at (207) 373-1810.

Reed is a landscape painter in Portland; the natural beauty of this state is a great source of inspiration as he is always seeking new places to explore by foot or water. Chris’s ultimate goal is to be as true as possible to the creative process so that his work will resonate in some particular way for each viewer.  In preparing for each painting, he utilizes plein air studies, photo references, and sketches that evolve into a new environment altogether.

Reed’s technique involves the application of oil washes on canvas and then removing the top layers, exposing a stained, yet illuminated, atmospheric effect. Subsequent glazes are later applied for stronger vibrancy, depth of perspective, and overall color harmony. He is particularly drawn to a warm color palette, contrasting with the cooler tones of the foreground.  It is his hope that his paintings generate a feeling of tranquility, a healing energy

Summer Island Studio in Brunswick is located at 149 Maine Street. Hours are Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (207) 373-1810.

Bett’s Gallery Shows “Art of the Line”

SharpieSharpie drawing by Bridget Matros

Betts Gallery in Belfast is pleased to announce the opening of “Art of the Line,” an exhibition of drawing, illustration, and architectural works by four local artists. Works include powerful figure drawings by Mike Fletcher; detailed and precise architectural plans by Larason Guthrie; intricate multicolored Sharpie drawings by Bridget Matros; and exquisitely rendered illustrations by Julie Rose. The show runs through Oct. 24.

Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street. Enter through Yo Mamma’s on Main Street, or the Beaver Street entrance across from the public parking lot.

Rock & Art Shop Presents Abbie Read on First Friday

Library by Abbie Read“Library” by Abbie Read

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor, presents Mix Media Assemblage artist Abbie Read. The show runs through November 1. A reception takes place October 2 at 6:30 p.m. and an artist talk at 7:00 p.m..

Abbie Read has been creating this wall installation since 2010. Its title is “Library,” and it currently consists of eleven two foot wide panels that are 7 1/2 feet high. It is made up of many (over 150 at this point) individual book-like boxes that house artifacts, curiosities, her own art and other small constructions. She is drawn to the stained and abused surfaces of old and discarded objects, the stuff of previous lives and times and the rustier, the more ancient looking the better. Each individual piece is constructed by hand (no prefabricated boxes) using binder’s board, book cloth, hand painted paste papers and marbled papers.

Sohns Gallery is located at 36 Central Street. For more information, call (207) 947-2205,

“Autumn Arrivals” Opens Oct. 3 at Wiscasset Bay Gallery


DaydreamingSears Gallagher, “Day Dreaming,” watercolor

“Autumn Arrivals: Recent Acquisitions of American and European Paintings” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, October 3. The exhibition will span the period from the mid-nineteenth century through the present day.

Among the many nineteenth century works on display is a radiant and luminous painting by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) titled “Morning Seas, Wolf’s Crag.” Richards was associated with the American Pre-Raphaelite movement and the group’s keen interest in faithfully rendering nature, as opposed to some of the more romanticized paintings of other Hudson River School artists. In “Morning Seas,” the viewer observes the meticulously painted surf with sparkling light and crisp attention to detail.

Richards’ work is represented in every major museum in the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago and in the National Gallery. Complimenting the Richards painting is a delicate, subtle watercolor of a boy and his dog at the beach by Sears Gallagher (American, 1869-1955) titled “Day Dreaming,” and a colorful barnyard scene with roosters and hens by Walter Douglas (American, 1868-1948).

at beachFelicie Waldo Howell, “At the Beach,” watercolor

Modernist works highlighted in the exhibition include a reclining nude by Philadelphia artist Earl Horter (American, 1881-1940), a cubist watercolor of a schooner by Monhegan Island artist Theodore Davis (American, 1908-1995) and a pair of beach scenes by New York artist Felicie Waldo Howell (American, 1897-1968).

Views of the streets of Paris and Northern France by Pauline Grandjean (American/French, fl. 1920’s), Mario Maresca (Italian, 1877-1959), and William Edward Norton (American, 1843-1916) will also be featured in the diverse show.

New oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels by New England artists J.Thomas R. Higgins, Carlton Plummer, Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Roberta Goshke, Diana Johnson, Guy Corriero and Tom Curry will be on exhibition in the contemporary galleries

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery through November 30. For more information call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

“Reflections” Opens at Landing Gallery on First Friday


Pale by Dorothy Simpson

“Pale”  by Dorothy Simpson Kraus, collaged Pigment Print on Aluminum with Encaustic

Landing Gallery, 409 Main Street in Rockland is pleased to announce a new exhibit, “Reflections,” opening on Friday, October 2 to 31. This exhibit is a two person collaboration of new work by Dorothy Simpson Krause and Merike van Zanten. The artists will give a gallery talk on Friday, October 2nd at 4:30 p.m., preceding the artists’ opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m.

Dorothy Simpson Krause is a well known painter, collage artist, print maker and Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has received numerous awards and is in the collection of more than thirty museums and public art installations. Krause uses an image layering technique to build a complex and dynamic mixed media artwork. Pigment transfer prints with aluminum, steel, canvas and encaustic are combined in various ways to complete each work.

“My work embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning,” said Krause. “My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning.”

Eucalyptus and Wild Grasses by Van Zanten“Eucalyptus & Wild Grasses” by Merike Van Zanten, Eco Print on Cotton & Wool

Merike Van Zanten is a mixed media artist. Her work is found in private press books and in museum, university and private collections. Her work in this exhibition uses a process known as Eco printing.  It is the process of making leaf prints on different papers or fabrics using heat and pressure.

Van Zanten also expands on the Eco printing process by combining prints with other natural materials like small branches, natural dyes and natural fabrics.  There is no use of commercial paint or ink which makes her work environmentally friendly.  Her work is inspired by and created with organic materials from Mother Nature.

“I like working with natural materials, found objects and metals,” said Van Zanten. “Usually I don’t have a plan, and let the materials take me to places known and unknown and vice versa.”

“Artist’s possess a mirror like ability to interpret our world in different ways,” said Bruce Busko, president of Landing Gallery. “Our individual sense of vision becomes a unique filter, distilling essential and favorable details that become our inspiration and response to nature. Through our creative experience and the art that follows, we can express our personal, soul filled, feelings. Art becomes a reflection, a manifestation of our unique personal lens that others can see, interpret and appreciate.”

For more information, visit or call (207) 239-1223.

“The Beauty of Simplicity” Opens at CRAFT Gallery

untitledPhoto by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

CRAFT Gallery opens “The Beauty of Simplicity” on Friday, October 2nd, with a new collection of one-off pottery by Hanako Nakazato. Her work is synonymous with the simplicity of living and functional purpose so often found in non-western cultures where there is no separation from art and everyday life. Nakazato’s simple, functional forms and technique reflect the blending of her heritage in Karatsu, Japan and her home in Union, Maine.

Photographs of vintage Japanese Temari balls by Prairie Stuart-Wolff illustrate the concept of a simple subject becoming an object of great beauty. Historically, Temari were made as handball playthings for children. The photographer became enamored of them and photographed them as works of art.

CRAFT celebrates American Craft Week, showing a new three-panel triptych and scrolls on translucent Hollytex polyester by Jan Owen. Skilled in calligraphy, music, poetry, pen and brushwork, color and design, she creates pieces that are inspired by traditional Asian arts. Textile artist Susan Atwater prints vintage Japanese textile patterns on silk infinity scarves in a unique process she has developed. All of the above artists share the same value for the aesthetic of the beauty of studied simplicity and harmony. The show will continue until November 1rst.

CRAFT Gallery is listed on Trip Advisor as an A +++ “must see” destination in Rockland. The gallery is located in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street, across from the side entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum and next door to the Caldbeck Gallery. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit

“Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food”

1 MFT15_BULLOCK_BEETS2Brendan Bullock, photography

On October 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast will be hosting an opening for two new photo exhibits, which share the common theme of documenting hunger relief efforts in Maine.

On the ground floor, the gallery will be showing “Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food.” This exhibit features photos by photographer Brendan Bullock, accompanied by writer Annie Murphy’s captions. The series is a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank and seeks to document some of the many people working for change in our communities across the state, with the hope that these efforts will continue to grow into a resilient food system that serves all Mainers.

carrotsRu Allen, photography

On the second floor, Unity College student Ru Allen will be making her debut with “Harvesting Unity,” a collection of photographs portraying the volunteers and program leaders of Veggies For All, a food bank farm in Unity. Allen shares: “Alternating between camera to my eye and hands in the earth, I attempted to capture as much of the growing process from start to finish in one growing season. What I was naturally drawn to, however, were the suspended moments in places that were easily overlooked.”

As part of this exhibit, Sara Trunzo, director of Veggies For All, will be giving a presentation on “How one community fights hunger with a food bank farm” on October 6 at the Belfast Free Library, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Veggies For All (VFA) is a food bank farm located in Unity, Maine that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality and nutritious food. Since their founding in 2007, VFA has provided 108,000 pounds of vegetables to over 1,500 food-insecure, central Mainers and engaged hundreds of volunteers in thousands of hours of community-based hunger relief.  VFA became a project of MFT in 2014.

Brendan Bullock is a freelance photographer and photography educator based in Bowdoinham. While most of his work is focused in Maine, he travels to make documentary pictures throughout the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, and India.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. In addition, the gallery will be open on October 23rd, 5:30-8pm for the Friday Art Walk. More information can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance 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

Paintings of Elizabeth Fox at Walsh Gallery

Fox-Out the Woods2Elizabeth Fox, Out the Woods, 11-1/2” x 24-1/8”, oil on panel

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is hosting one show for the month of October: the paintings of Elizabeth Fox. With their muted color palette and deceptively straightforward style, Fox’s tautly rendered mini-dramas are rich with nuance and biting social commentary. An opening reception takes place on Friday, October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fox was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1969, and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. She lived in New Orleans for eighteen years, before moving to Maine in 2008, following Hurricane Katrina. She has exhibited her work in New York City, New Orleans, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, the Netherlands and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Maine.

Fox said, “My paintings are deceptively simple, using a fresh color palette and hyper-defined subject matter to draw you in, there’s also a sense of isolation with ample negative space and rhythmic placement of objects and figures. Tensions are introduced to question sexual, gender, and age relation. These questions are left unanswered as to who or what is the dominant power. This is to show pivotal moments with humor and all of our human strengths and vulnerabilities.”

Fox-Getting Out2Elizabeth Fox, Getting Out, 16” x 22”, oil on panel

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit or call (207) 596-0084.

Melissas Teaches “Adventures in Hand-Building Clay”

Jackie-Melissas-smoke-fired-clay-vessel-Little-CousinJackie Melissas, “Little Cousin,” smoke-fired clay

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a class in clay hand-building, which will be taught by artist Jackie Melissas on 4 Saturdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7, from 10 am to 12 noon, 11 Centre Street, Bath.  The cost for 4 classes is $150, all materials included. Enrollment is limited and early registration is suggested.  Visit or call the gallery at 207-442-0300 to sign up and for more information.

Jackie Melissas calls the class “Adventures in Hand-Building: Creative hand building with clay to create vessels, plaques, tiles.” This class to teens and adults of all ability levels.

Melissas is a ceramicist, painter, printmaker, and book illustrator. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Singapore, Brussels, and Iceland. Her work is in numerous private collections among them Sloan School of Industrial Management and the Luce Foundation. She is the recipient for awards for her work including two fellowships in ceramics at Skidmore College.

Melissas majored in painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and has earned both bachelor of fine arts and master of arts in teaching degrees. Before moving to Maine she was a member of the art faculty at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois.

She is drawn to the sensual nature of clay and fire, and the organic use of media. Her current work reflects an examination of archeological roots and contemporary aesthetics. These vessels are both the result of this fascination and an organic sensibility.

3D/Installation Art at DIAA Gallery

Tim%20Szal%20largeTim Szal’s Prana #9, Art glass lamp. He is a featured artist in the exhibit.

The Deer Isle Artists Association is pleased to announce the opening of its new show, “3D/Installation Art.” The show runs through October 18, and features artists Anya Antonovych, Jorge Castaneda, Sam Jones, David Kofton, Heather Lyon, Diane Maguire-Horton, and Tim Szal. While many of the artists will present individual pieces for this show, others are collaborating to create installations that are truly unique.

The public is warmly invited to attend the show’s reception and to meet the artists on Sunday, September 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the DIAA Gallery, 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk on October 2

Alan Cark shield arcylic on archesAlan Clark’s art was at Ayssemetrick Arts on Main Street in August

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk takes place on October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 20 of the city’s galleries will be open in addition to regular hours.

Arts in Rockland (AIR) was established to promote the City of Rockland as an arts destination to those who appreciate, respect and support the arts. The members of AIR offer distinct, original works by established and emerging artists in a variety of media.

For current news and information, visit

New Work by Patch + Palmer

Chris PatchArtist Chris Patch

Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth hosts the exhibit New Work by Chris Patch and Ruby Palmer through October 21.

Chris Patch studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA and MECA. He has worked for the Portland Museum of Art, MoMA and the Guggenheim. Chris currently works at MECA and lives in Portland.

Ruby Palmer was born in Boston in 1969 and spent the majority of her childhood in rural Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Painting and Drawing from Hampshire College in 1992. After a few years roaming the western states, she landed in Brooklyn in 1995. In 2000 she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Ruby currently lives and works in Rhinecliff, New York.

ruby palmerWork of Ruby Palmer

The gallery is located at 299 Ocean House Road. For more information, call (207) 956-7422.

Farnsworth Lecture: Rockwell’s “New York Central Diner”

Norman-Rockwell-MagazineOn Thursday, October 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture entitled: Norman Rockwell’s “New York Central Diner.” The lecture, by Stephanie Plunkett, Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium at 2 p.m.

Using a dining car from the New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited as his setting, famed American illustrator Normal Rockwell (1894-1978) captured a moment in his own son�s life that he thought would touch a common cord. Inspired by H. K. Browne’s illustration of a similar scene in Charles Dicken’s “David Copperfield,” Rockwell’s painting describes a young boy’s first experience of calculating a waiter’s tip.

At Rockwell’s request the New York Central diverted a dining car bound for Albany to New York City where he and his ten-year-old son Peter met it for a model shoot. Once there, he decided the 20th Century Limited was too modern and requested an older model. The first three dining car waiters he interviewed were unsuitable for the role. The following week an older car and a twenty-eight year veteran waiter were provided, all to Rockwell’s satisfaction. In appreciation for the efforts of the Railroad, Rockwell included a postcard of their 20th Century Limited locomotive on the boy’s table and the Post credited them in the cover’s caption resulting in $10,000 worth of publicity for the New York Central.

Stephanie Plunkett will talk discuss the rare and revealing full-scale preliminary study for this work that is in the Farnsworth’s “Maine Collects” exhibition, which is on display through March 6, 2016.

The fee for this program is $8; $5 for Farnsworth members. Will call tickets may be purchased online at, but must be picked up at the museum�s Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Tickets will be for sale on the day of the lecture in the museum’s main lobby.

Archipelago Celebrates 15 years on Rockland Main Street

Archi_15thAnn2Archipelago of Rockland, the Island Institute’s retail store and gallery, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party on Saturday, October 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.. Guests include several of the island and coastal artists whose work has been sold at the store since its opening in 2000.

Since opening in 2000, Archipelago has helped advance the careers of more than 800 Maine artists, while playing a pivotal role in Rockland’s emergence as a dynamic center of arts and culture. In doing so, it has become a prominent element of Maine’s creative economy.

The retail store returns commissions to all of its artists totalling more than $2 million in its first 15 years. Nearly $1 million has gone to island artists, who traditionally have had a difficult time reaching mainland markets.

“Archipelago has done a lot for island artists,” said Martha Morris-Gibson, who lives and makes traditional, Shaker-style baskets on Peaks Island. She has had her work at Archipelago since the venue opened.

“A lot of different people see our work,” Morris-Gibson said. “They have a different clientele than we do out here on the island.”

More than 30 current artists have been with the store for the last 15 years—including painters, jewelers, basket makers, and potters.

Throughout the year, Archipelago staff spend more than 400 hours mentoring artists who would like to grow their businesses and increase their economic opportunities, particularly those living year-round on Maine islands. That support includes advice and guidance on product pricing, wholesales, design, and packaging.

Archipelago is located at 386 Main St. Rockland. For more information, please visit the events page at

“The Botany of Sacrifice” + Resident Printmakers Show

Botany of Sacrifice Image Susan Smith1Art of Susan Smith

An artist talk by Susan Smith for “The Botany of Sacrifice,” an interactive gallery installation takes place at Waterfall Arts in Belfast on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Smith created the installation to bring attention to consequences of herbicide use. All are welcome to attend the reception and meet the artist.

Smith states that “In order to increase crop production, the use of herbicides to control weeds has, ironically, given rise to a race of “superweeds’, while exploiting human laborers. A system has been created that puts profit above individual well-being and locks farmers into unsustainable practices. The humans themselves, in this quest for abundance and perfection, become expendable, another mere resource.” She goes on to say that “The Botany of Sacrifice examines the thinking that has created these superweeds and practices; how what we attempt to eradicate returns to us with ever greater force. We must now make sacrifices to appease the angry gods we have raised. To counter this unbridled desire for control the installation uses the slow and mindful process of eco-print bundling to commemorate the laborers oppressed in the sacrificial cycle of commodification, and pays homage to the act of working with nature rather than against it.”

The installation includes eco-prints and several large paintings, each paired with a lawn chair and an herbicide sprayer. Smith will display the bound and unbound weed and cloth bundles she’s made; some of the bundles will be unraveled during the opening.

A new exhibit in the Corridor Gallery features the work of two printmakers who have done short residencies at Waterfall Arts this year. Julia Talcott is a printmaker residing in Boston where she teaches relief printmaking at the Maud Morgan Arts Center in Cambridge and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Her fine art work has won many awards and is included in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

Kris Sader is a printmaker and environmental site-specific installation artist.  As a printmaker she uses “Non-Toxic”, health and environment friendly, printmaking methods, which she helped research at the University of Maine. In addition to showing her work locally, nationally and internationally, she gives presentations on her work and teaches non-toxic printmaking techniques.

The two exhibits, which run through November 25, 2015, can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm, during evening events and by appointment. Call 207.338.2222 to arrange.

Artist talks are scheduled: Kris Sader on Tuesday, September 30,and Julia Talcott on Wednesday, October 21. All talks, including the one with Smith, begin at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation at the door. Talcott will give a free woodcut printing demo during the monthly free open studio time on Thursday, October 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibits are sponsored by Coyote Moon, the Belfast Coop and year-long sponsor Revision Energy. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Visit for information on classes, studio rentals, exhibitions and community events.