Courthouse Gallery Holiday Open House + Small Works 2014 Show

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Ellsworth: Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Holiday Open House and Artist’s Reception for its Small Works 2014 Show on Thursday, December 4 from 5–7pm. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Robert Callahan, Gregory Dunham, Pamela Elias, Philip Frey, June Grey, Paul Hannon, Jessica Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe, Alison Rector, David Vickery. Artworks in the show can be viewed at/facebook.com/courthousegallery> .

The gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. For more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com/>

“A Change of Season and Kathleen Galligan” at George Marshall Store Gallery

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York, Maine:  Despite the cold and the dark, a large crowd turned out the other evening at the Museums of Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery to preview the final exhibitions of the 2014 season. “A Change of Season” is the theme and includes the work of twenty regional artists, some of who have previously exhibited at the venue along with some new faces. Concurrently, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has a one-person exhibition in the dock level gallery.

Curator, Mary Harding explains that the “change of season” theme isn’t just about moving into the winter months, but about all of our “season” and how we adapt and embrace change and new things.

Spring, summer, fall and winter are all represented through landscapes, still life, and figures enjoying various activities. A large garden view titled “Entering Path of Memories” by York artist Michael Walek, is blazing with floral colors reminding us of the peak of summer gardens. One can almost hear the sounds of splashing and play in Grant Drumheller’s large “Swimming Cove,” or the crack of a baseball bat in Louise Bourne’s “The Steal.” Portsmouth artist, Lisa Noonis has also captures the height of summer in her paintings that include views of York Harbor and Rye beaches.

Tom Curry has a number of fresh views of Maine islands, boats and harbors. More abstracted compositions by Richard Keen suggest hulls of ships cutting through the water. Brett X. Gamache’s “Fisherman Rowing” is another take on a familiar scene – a bright yellow dingy is rowed silently below the cliffs of a harbor.

A group theme exhibition is an opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery. Tom Driscoll from Wilmot, New Hampshire is exhibiting three collage and mixed media paintings. Portland artist Jenny Potter Scheu’s watercolor, Prismacolor and gouache on paper pieces bring more color and pattern to the show. York artist Martha Hesse is also exhibiting for the first time. Her “Hidden Tomato” and “Hawaii Orchid” are some of the first things one sees upon entering the gallery.

“This is a chockablock show! There is something for everyone to enjoy,” commented a recent visitor. Despite the number and variety of pieces, it is not overcrowded and there is an easy flow from one piece to the next. Other exhibiting artists are Todd Bezold, Arthur DiMambro, Ann Trainor Domingue, Kate Emlen, Rosalind Fedeli, Paul Heroux, Madeleine Hopkins, MaJo Kelleshian, Kathi Smith, and Susan Wahlrab.

“Intersections” is the title of Kathleen Galligan’s one-person exhibition. The artist is well known for her expansive landscapes in pastels and oils often with the perspective of from above. Drawing from both memory and being on location, her views are mostly void of man-made objects and focus on the purity and fragility of nature. The moods of these paintings vary from mysteriously foreboding to light-infused optimism. In addition to her landscapes, this exhibition presents recent explorations in themes and media, thus giving further insight to this committed artist.

Both exhibitions continue with regular hours through December 21 and then by chance and appointment during the winter months. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

 

Farnsworth and Everyman Rep Present Shakespeare Scenes

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On Saturday, December 13, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host the Everyman Repertory Theatre for a program of readings from a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. The program, which is in conjunction with the museum’s current Shakespeare exhibition, will take place in the museum’s Crosman gallery, beginning at 1 p.m.

Join actors from the Everyman Repertory Theatre for readings from selected Shakespeare scenes, depicted in the current exhibition Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare: From the Yale University Art Gallery. These dramatic readings will take place in the exhibition gallery and will draw from major Shakespearean works including King Henry IV, Part II, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Paul Hodgson, Artistic Director of Everyman Rep, commented: “The scenes chosen are iconic: the explosion of jealousy in Othello, the carousing and recruiting in Henry IV, the play scene in Hamlet, the persecution of Malvolio from Twelfth Night, the division of the kingdom and the seeds of tragedy in King Lear.” The participating actors will include David Greenham, Paul and Jennifer Hodgson, Abby Norman, Jeri Pitcher and David Troup.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a not for profit professional theatre company committed to bringing live theatre to the people of midcoast Maine. Its mission statement is: “Collaboration. Creation. Catharsis. Excellence in professional theatre in the greater Penobscot Bay region”. In late February, Everyman will again be partnering with the Farnsworth for a main-stage production of Arlene Hutton’s As It Is in Heaven— a play that examines a fictional Shaker community in 1830 Kentucky. Information regarding the production will be available at everymanrep.org.

This program is free with museum admission. No reservations are necessary. For more information please visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call the Everyman Repertory Theatre at (207) 236-0173

Debbie Casterlin “Bare in the Botanicals” at Summer Island Studio

Debbie Casterlin a local artist from Brunswick will be showing the month of December at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the heart of downtown Brunswick in the Tontine Mall. A reception will be held on Saturday December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Patti at 373-1810 for more information.

about Debbie CasterlinThe name of the show is going to be “Bare in the Botanicals” and the image is Deb smelling the plum blossoms, in June. Her perspective on artistic freedom, her love of natural beauty, and her appreciation of the botanical world reflect her desire to share her innermost values.

Debbie has spent her entire life creating art, capturing moments with a camera and on canvas. Recognized for her artistic talent at a young age she has been commissioned to create art for public institutions and private individuals.

Though she works in many mediums with an eclectic subject range, some of her best known works are acrylics done in a realistic style.

Winter Festivities in Downtown Belfast Kicks off First Weekend in December

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Photograph by Neal Parent, Parent Gallery

Come kick off the holidays in downtown Belfast with festive cultural and retail enticements the weekend of December 5th and 6th! With two evenings of art openings and street performances as part of Belfast Art’s special holiday art walk offerings, the monthly First Friday Contra Dance, and Our Town Belfast’s annual Early Bird Sale and Tree Lighting events on Saturday, the whole family can have fun ringing in this joyful season.

On Friday the 5th, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer on Main Street will have an Opening Reception for Wrap-up the Holidays, a show of small works by 25 area artists from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Waterfall Arts’ handmade art and craft gift show will have an opening reception from 5 – 8 pm. Street performers will punctuate the downtown, and the evening will continue with the Belfast Flying Shoes 9th Birthday Celebration Contra Dance at the Belfast American Legion Post, featuring the three-member band Crowfoot with caller Adina Gordan and a celebration cupcake tower.

Saturday morning December 6th, Belfast wakes up for its annual Early Bird Sale from 6 – 9 a.m. where shoppers will find deep discounts in over fifty downtown Belfast shops and restaurants. Retail revelry continues throughout the day and at 4:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at Post Office Square where children and adults alike will sing carols with the Belfast Area High School A-Capella group and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The tree will be lit around 5pm with help from Santa himself and a lucky child chosen from among the attendees. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, and hosted in partnership by Our Town Belfast and Belfast Parks & Recreation, the tree lighting is being brought back to its traditional location at Post Office Square this year, adding to the old fashioned Christmas spirit.

On Saturday night holiday shoppers can be sure find something to delight a loved one during Belfast Arts Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. Betts GalleryWrap-Up The Holidays, Åarhus - Holiday Extravaganza, Maine Farmland Trust GalleryFrolicking Fiber Fiesta Holiday Art Show, and Waterfall Arts Handmade Art/Craft/Gift Show all have shows highlighting local made, affordable, handcrafted gifts. Harbor Artisans Artist Cooperative is raffling off a number of their local, hand-made works throughout most of December, the proceeds of which will help support the Waldo County Interfaith Fuel Fund.

The Belfast Creative Coalition and Our Town Belfast encourage the community to come out in support of local shops and galleries this holiday season. Supporting Belfast area businesses is easy to do when there are so many opportunities for fun and festivity this December downtown!

Artist Reception at The Sohns Gallery and Plaid Friday

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On Friday December 5th at 6:30 p.m. come meet the artists and see the works they have created. Twenty nine different local artists were selected to create small works on wooden panels provided by the Sohns Gallery. This has resulted in 83 diverse small pieces of original art. There will also be music by The Great Red Line.

And do not forget Plaid Friday this Friday. We offering 10% off to all customers in plaid!

The Sohns Gallery is located in The Rock and Art Shop at 36 Central St. in Downtown Bangor.

Ocean House invites all to Holiday Show

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Please join Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth for our Holiday Show, Saturday, December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m.!

The 2014 Holiday Show features artwork by Catherine Adelman, Chris Beneman, Kimberly Crichton, Sukie Curtis, Jeff Epstein, Ralf Feyl, Tanya Fletcher, Clint Fulkerson, Brita Holmquist, John Knight, Caren-Marie Michel, Dylan Metrano, Liz Moberg, Alex Rheault, Jenny Scheu, Carter Wentworth, Graham Wood, and Jeff Woodbury

Also, framed mirrors and 20% off custom framing now through the end of the year!

Whimsical Fiber Art at Maine Farmland Trust Delights Young and Old

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Frolicking Fiber Fiesta is a colorful holiday show with a bounty of treasures for fiber art lovers, along with paintings to match their style. The arts and crafts on display range from high-end, fanciful wall hangings to cleverly repurposed feed bags – catering to any budget and perfect for that special gift.

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recycled feed bags by Julia Ventresco

The show is a true feast for the senses: color, texture, playfulness and detail abound. The artist line-up includes local, award winning fiber artist and international exhibitor, Dianne Hire, better described as “quilter extraordinaire”; Leia Scotton, a successful young painter in MFT Gallery’s stable, now coming out as closet fiber artist; Nora Flanagan, quilted pillow queen from Belmont; Julia Ventresco, who has turned recycling into a fashion, with classy shoulder bags made from repurposed feed bags; Willy Reddick, with felted wooly animals too cute to resist; Karen Olson, jewelry maker gifted with a subtle touch; Karen Kulberg, with a fabric inspired series in encaustics; Jude Valentine, pastel artist and sublime silk painter; Sandra Covington, with do-it-yourself needlepoint canvases and Christmas ornaments; and Leslie Anderson and Jill Hoy, oil painters with a flair for color and movement. Finally, painters Christopher O’Connor and Sarah Wilde revisit MFT Gallery’s walls with one canvas each to round out the show.

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quilts by Dianne Hire

Says Hire about her quiltmaking: “To stretch the rules and locate fresh boundaries is my desire. I am a colorist who intuitively responds to the joyful way colors intermingle. I require vibrancy to speak out but never shout – yet boldly sing. That song is interpreted in fiber, strings, strong design and intense vitality of color.”

Scotton’s fabric collages are pieced-together strands of history. Almost every component in each of her pieces is at least a decade old; some fifty years old, some much older. Scotton says: “Just holding them, I feel connected to the people who had them before me, and I try to keep that alive by giving these scraps and odds and ends new life in my artwork.”

Leia Scotton at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

detail from fiber collage by Leia Scotton

Frolicking Fiber Fiesta will be on display from November 21st through January 5th. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 – 4. In addition, the gallery will be open Friday December 5th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Saturday December 6th the gallery will be open from 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for Belfast’s Early Bird Sale (all items discounted!), and during the Art Walk and Tree Lighting later that evening, 5:30 – 8 p.m., the gallery will host a festive reception for all.
More information on MFT Gallery can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org or by contacting Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo at anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org .

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.

Share the Wonder with the Farnsworth

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In conjunction with Rockland’s Festival of Lights the Farnsworth Art Museum will be presenting the ninth annual Share the Wonder holiday celebration.This year’s Share the Wonder traditional seasonal display at the Wyeth Center will once again include holiday art and artifacts built around a magnificent model train set. The unique model train installation in the Wyeth Center features two trains traveling through a terrain of familiar landmarks from the midcoast area. The handsome Lehmann LGB model train and accompanying scenery of Rockland and Camden was a gift from Charles and Julie Cawley in 2004. In addition to the one-day Share the Wonder Celebration, the Farnsworth will present programming throughout the month of December. All programs are free with museum admission unless noted.

  • Tuesday, December 2, 3-4 p.m., Oceanside East Chorus, in the museum library
  • Friday, December 5, 2-4 p.m., Tom Ulichny of Midcoast Music Academy, in the museum rotunda
  • Sunday, December 7, 1-3 p.m., Penobscot Bay Ringers, in the museum library
  • Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • Sunday, December 14, 2-3 p.m., Suomalaiset Jouset, Finnish lap harp ensemble, in the museum library
  • Sunday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Card Making at Fog with the [Collective]. Please note that this event will take place at the Fog Bar & Cafe, 328 Main Street in Rockland. No admission fee is required.
  • Wednesday, December 17, Noon, Music @ Noon, in the museum library (Tickets available through Bay Chamber Concerts.)
  • Thursday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Oceanside West Honors Choir, in the museum library.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 1-3 p.m. Sruli and Lisa Family Klezmer Party, including traditional music and dance of Eastern Europe.

For more information on any of these events or programs, please contact the museum’s Special Events Manager Annie Brown at (207) 596-6457 ext.143. To register for the Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop please contact our Education Coordinator Kelly Finlay at kfinlay@farnsworthmuseum.org.

 

Mars Hall Celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

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“Red Barn” by Carl Sublett

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade soaps and honey products from Stone House Road Apiary, handmade cards by Ken Martin and Eleanor Zuccola, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, carved & painted decoys by Stephen Hill, turned & carved vessels by Dick Kelly, handmade Kozo paper Masks by Diane Green Hebert, mixed media sculpture by Jay Hoagland, Bill Cook, Priscilla Cross, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi, the Recycled Zoo by Brian Read, as well as knit scarves, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett, mixed media botanicals by Linda Funk, oil & acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith, Cali Vielleux, Barbara Major-Weaver and Ron Weaver and black and white photography by Antonia Small and Ken Martin. Martin will also be exhibiting silkscreen and wood block prints. Work by guest artists is also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road in Martinsville. For more info call (207) 372-9996 or (207) 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

Carver Hill Gallery opens “Cache Bar: Good Things in Small Packages”

 

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blown glass ornaments by David Jacobson

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, announces “CACHE BAR: Good Things in Small Packages”. Participating artists include Anneli Skaar (beautiful tiny paintings in glass frame boxes), Ingrid Ellison (lovely layered paintings and collages informed by nature), Austin Smith (contemporary hand-cast porcelain with screen printed nautical charts), David Jacobson (blown glass ornaments), Kitty Winslow (dreamy paintings of the outside), Julia Dickenson (pearl, semi precious stone and gold/silver jewelry), Steve Gleasner (the coolest – and probably only – wood mugs you have ever seen) and MORE!

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit carverhillgallery.com or call (207) 594-7745.

Art Space Gallery Opens “Bottles” December 5th

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“Breakwater Vineyards” by Hannah Nelsbach

Art Space Gallery invites you to an opening reception on First Friday, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us to see new work by all 19 gallery artists.

This month gallery artists were given the challenge to create work with the
theme “Bottles”. Come visit and enjoy the wide interpretation in medium and
style of this interesting subject.

The range of styles and the quality of the artwork by Maine based artists
bring return customers time and again to Art Space Gallery. Join these art
appreciators between 5 and 8 pm on Friday, December 5th, and share a glass
of wine with many of the artists.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, directly across
the street from the Strand Theatre. December hours are Friday and Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the Gallery and our artists,
visit us at ArtSpaceMaine.com.

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“My Big Beautiful Blue Bottle” by Joan Wright

Deer Isle Artists’ Association opens “Small Works”

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bracelet by Cathy Hart

The Deer Isle Artists’ Association wraps up its season with “Small Works”. Regular hours for the show are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will run through Sunday, December 21, at 5:00 p.m.

As its name implies, the show features an eclectic assortment of art that can easily be handled.  Glass, pottery, painting, jewelry, etc. will all be represented in the show.

DIAA member artists participating in the show include Eileen Ahern,

Darwin Davidson, Jackie Davidson , Linda Deming, Dorothy Doubleday, Mary Eaton , Jill Finsen,  Sara Forster,  Cathy Hart, Sam Jones, Kathleen Kriegman, Mary Bracy Martin, David McBeth , Olive Savage , Cindy Simonds, Paul Trowbridge, Oscar Turner, Pat White, and Anne Williams.

Guest artists include Marcie Amory, Larry Cassis, Greg Woods.

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“Nuthatch” by Linda Deming

First Friday Artwalk in Historic Gardiner

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On Friday evening, December 5th, Historic Downtown Gardiner will abound with creative energy and good cheer, as Artwalk Gardiner celebrates the culmination of its tenth season. Launched in 2005 by Artdogs™ studios and a small group of area artists, Artwalk Gardiner is comprised of a non-juried group of diverse artists who live and/or work within a twenty-mile radius of downtown Gardiner.

The mission of Artwalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, Artwalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of appreciative visitors to Water Street to enjoy many festive evenings of great art and good cheer.

The December Artwalk will feature the work of dozens of area artists, hosted by Artdogs studios, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Monkitree, Cre8ive Earth Gallery, SpinOff Studio, Ragamuffins, Johnson Hall, Mainiac Brewing, Healthy Smiles, Founding Farmer’s Community Market, the Co-Lab, and other venues along Water Street.

Participating artists will include Karen Adrienne, Joyce Acheson, Nancy Barron, Priscilla Blatzell, Lynn Braff, Robin Brooks, Ken Carlson, John Carnes, Matt Demers, Janet Favor, Arlene Kelley, Clair Koenig, Kala Ladenheim, Heather Marlow, Peggy Cope Mascher, Norma McDonough, Allison McKeen, Ellen Roberts, Tanya Russell, Marie Spaulding, Mary K. Spencer, Christine Sullivan, Robert Saunders, Diana Willette, Helen Wright, members of SpinOff Studio, students from UMA and the Gardiner Area Boys and Girls Club, and many others.

Hundreds of original artworks including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, fine art prints, jewelry, pottery, artist’s books, textiles, and other handcrafted items will be available for sale throughout the downtown. Kala Ladenheim and Robert Saunders will give demonstrations in their studio at the Co-Lab and members of Circling the Square Fine Art Press will offer printmaking demonstrations at Circling the Square Fine Art Press. Children’s activities, live seasonal music and free refreshments will round out the festivities, making this an event that the whole community can enjoy. For more information about Artwalk Gardiner, please contact Sarah Miller at (207) 712-9734, email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Carver Hill Gallery “Contours” benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust

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On First Friday, November 7, 2014, Carver Hill Gallery will host an opening reception for “Contours”, a benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The work in the show will celebrate one of the Land Trust’s properties, The Beech Hill preserve, and the 100th birthday of the Beech Nut hut that sits on the hill. The hut was designed in the early 1900’s by Norwegian born landscape architect Hans Heistad, who designed  the John Gribbel estate, Weatherend, on the Rockport shorefront. Gribbel also owned the Beech Hill grounds, and built the stone hut as a day shelter for the family to use while picnicking on the property. The Beech Hill area – which comprises 295 acres of mixed wood, organic blueberry fields, and several uncommon grassland birds – is recognized on the National Register of Historic places as the Beech Nut Historic District. For years it has been a favorite place for locals and tourists to take an easy walk with a gentle climb. The reward is spectacular views of the peaks at Acadia National Park, the Camden Hills, Isle au Haut, St. George River valley and the gorgeous Gulf of Maine.
Years of weather, vandalism, and lack of funds to properly care for the building left Beech Nut in a state of disrepair. Because of the generosity of members and donors, Beech Nut is once again a safe and stable building. Carver Hill Gallery and the contributing artists congratulate the Land Trust on its recent and ongoing efforts to maintain and restore the property; however, it needs care and attention to keep it that way. The gallery is hosting this event as a silent auction and donating 90% of their profit from the work to the Land Trust. The artists are donating all or a percentage of their take, as well. All of the stunning art was either inspired by Beech Nut itself, or of the vista.


Participating artists include: Christina DeHoff, Jessica Stammen Ives, Anneli Skaar, Amy Campbell, David Henderson, Dianne Schelble, Randy Fein, Beth Henderson, Ann Makuck, Kathy Florance, Jim Nickelson, Kate Fitzgerald, Ken Foster, Aidan Acosta, Brian Willson, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.


We invite you to join us at the opening on November 7 for a glass of blueberry wine spritzer and some nibbles. The silent auction and show will hang through Sunday, November 23. Please see the website for hours and details. www.carverhillgallery.com

“Whoop and Drive ‘er”: David Estey book signing at Harlow Gallery

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The Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell will host an art talk and book signing by award-winning Belfast artist David Estey on Sunday, November 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. His new book is a humorous, illustrated memoir called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. At the presentation on the 16th, Estey will discuss and read from his book, show related artwork, and personally sign copies of the book. His art will include a portrait of his Uncle “Clarence Hilyard,” a Maine guide and owner of the Katahdin Lake Camps in the 1960s, which is included in the exhibition Inspired by Katahdin on view at the gallery November 7-29, 2014.

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The artist describes “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine as a labor of love, a personal piece of Americana about colorful family members, friends, characters and situations he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast during the 1940s and ’50s and during 42 years away. Although the unique memoir begins in Aroostook County, he includes his years at Crosby High School in Belfast, going to Rhode Island School of Design, studying art in Italy for a year, spending four years illustrating for the army during the Vietnam war, managing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, enjoying a second career as an award-winning artist, and his return to Belfast in 2002.

The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News. Carl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”

The 144-page memoir is an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 photos or drawings and paintings he produced over the years. It will be available for $19.95 at the Gallery and online at maineauthorspublishing.com and on amazon.com.

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, is open noon to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday. For more information visit harlowgallery.org or call (207) 622-3813.

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Rickers and Shakers

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A view of the Wentworth Ricker Inn as pictured in “Poland Spring Centennial: A Souvenir,” copyright 1895 by Hiram Ricker & Sons, South Poland, Maine.

On Thursday, November 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Michael Graham, the Director of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum entitled The Sabbathday Lake Shakers and the Rickers of the Poland Spring: A Scrapbook History. The lecture, which is in conjunction with the current Shaker exhibition at the Farnsworth, will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

This lecture will explore the Shakers’ 150-year long relationship with generations of the renowned Ricker family. The story begins with the land swap that provided the Rickers with the property on which they discovered and developed the famous Poland Mineral Spring; and extends through the heyday of the Poland Spring Hotel, where the Shakers made multiple sales each week for nearly fifty years. Through this interaction, deep, lasting friendships were built that shaped Shaker life at Sabbathday Lake. Speaker Michael Graham is the Director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Will call tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at farnsworthmuseum.org/education, and must be picked up at the Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Day-of tickets will be for sale at the main admission desk. No phone reservations will be taken for this event.

The exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World is on display in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Morehouse wing through January 4, 2015. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are the Henry Luce Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Exhibition Sponsors are Allen Insurance and Financial, Chilton Furniture of Maine, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, the Grasshopper Shop of Rockland and Windsor Chairmakers. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

The Constellation Gallery extends call to Maine artists

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th.

“We’d like the news of this opportunity to reach artists from all over Maine, so we’ve extended the submission date,” said David Marshall, MAC’s President and Portland City Councilor. “Mini art pieces make great gifts for the holidays and the Constellation Gallery will feature artist with works 11×14 or smaller,” said Marshall. “We’re exciting about reviewing all they new artwork that will be submitted.”

The state has thousands of artists but there are not enough venues for them to display their work. The call for art from MAC is an opportunity for any artist who submits to be shown in Maine’s major city. Artists are asked to send in a $5 entry free for each submission. Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on December 5th and the other on January 2nd. The “Miniatures Show” comes during the holiday season making affordable art the perfect gift to enhance any home.

  • Maine based artist can submit their creations, in any media, as long as the work measures 11 x 14 inches or smaller, including any frame used.
  • The art submissions should be sent in via email to: gallery@constellationart.com. They should be good quality photographs that represent the art. The photos can be JPG’s or Tiff’s.
  • The photo submission file names should be formatted like this: artist_title_size_medium_price.jpg. (For example: Vincent Van Gogh_ Sunflowers_Oil painting_$10 mill.jpg)
  • All submissions need to be sent in for review by the November 9th.
  • The jury will make the selection for the exhibit by November 10th. The artists will be notified by November 11th if their works have been chosen or not.
  • All the art selected must be delivered to the Constellation Gallery by November 18th ready to hang.

The mission of the Maine Artist Collective is to connect the public with Maine artists and support development by providing exhibition and studio space, education, and professional workshops.

The Constellation Gallery located at 511 Congress Street is open Monday 12-4 p.m., Wednesday 1-5 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 10-2 p.m. The Gallery is also by appointment. Please call 409-6617.

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Last Week Jeff Bye “Outside In” Exhibition at Greenhut Galleries

Jeff Bye at Greenhut Galleries

“Yellow” by Jeff Bye

Outside In is Jeff Bye’s third solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of abandoned, neglected buildings throughout the Northeast. Through work as a conservator and set designer, Bye was allowed access to buildings and spaces that are off limits to the general public. He became fascinated with the monumentality of these abandoned structures that were once vibrant with activity as well as the mystery and intrigue of what’s inside.

Bye states “These paintings have a strong impact on the viewer……the composition and how the light penetrates through the space and the use of contrast from very dark and ominous corners to pockets of light revealing the beauty of decay. This is also relative in the narrative images that I have created. There’s a drama that is present by how the figures occupy the space. This is not always intentional. The figure naturally takes the attention of the viewer and creates an overall drama and mood.” Viewing these paintings is like entering a dark room on a bright sunny day. Your eyes need time to adjust to fully appreciate the raw patinas, composition and textures.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture. He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization. At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

49 Artists “Inspired by Katahdin” at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery

“Katahdin” by Stefan Pastuhov

Maine’s majestic Mount Katahdin is the muse for the 49 artists participating in “Inspired by Katahdin” juried by brothers David and Carl Little, on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, November 7 – 29, 2014. An opening reception will take place Friday, November 7, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The artists in the show come from all across the state and offer a wide range of motifs and mediums in their work. The exhibition was inspired by the acclaimed Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region written by artist and author David Little and edited by Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in 2013, the book follows an historic timeline using art inspired by the mountain, as well as Katahdin-related literature, photography, graphics, maps and more. The Littles will be signing copies of the book at the show’s opening reception.

“Inspired by Katahdin” is sponsored by Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law of Augusta, Legacy Properties, Sotheby’s International Realty of Damariscotta, Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Agency of Augusta and by Cribstone Capital Management Financial of Augusta, and is supported by our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, the late Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers, Chris and Ray Vallee.