Carver Hill opening for “Daniel Anselmi: Monhegan Island Series”

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Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show opening on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The artist will be present from 5 – 8 PM. Refreshments will be served. The show, MONHEGAN ISLAND SERIES and OTHER WORKS, will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.

The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.

There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that makes these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.

Daniel has had three museum shows in 15 months, including the University of New England, Portland, ME Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, The Portland Public Library, Portland, ME and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Collage x 10, Lewis Gallery, and The I-95 Triennial, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.
Daniel succeeds with this highly sophisticated and cohesive show. His years of attention and focus on his craft reward us with pleasant surprises that come only from many hours of trial and error. Show runs through October 1.

http://www.carverhillgallery.com

The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates the 2014 early fall season with an opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, featuring the work of Adele Ursone, Mary Aro, Jeff Loxterkamp, and a group show of small works by gallery artists. Please visit theturtlegallery.com for more information, or call 348 9977. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle road. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2 – 6.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions”

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“Crow and the Quiet Arc” by Lilian Day Thorpe

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to introduce the photography of “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions“. The exhibition will run through September 14. Thorpe is a photographer from Brooksville, Maine, who is based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated in May with highest honors from Pratt Institute where she majored in photography and minored in art history. For her recent body of work titled “Soft Fictions”, Thorpe created fictional landscapes that were photographic montages of her imagined Utopia. Thorpe was awarded a residency from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. In September, she will be continuing her work on “Soft Fictions” for a month in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

Last Week to View “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark” at Greenhut Galleries

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“Sunset, Fifield Point” by Jon Imber

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’s 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, 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.

Call for Participants: 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association has partnered with the Maine Brewers’ Guild to present the 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend on Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12th. We are making it a whole weekend this year uniting Maine craft and craft beer! Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists & breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time!

In 2013 we initiated the program and scheduled it to coincide with American Craft Week a national effort to drive visibility of craft businesses, locations, processes, and traditions. In our first year we had 84 participants, an interactive online map, radio and print promotion thanks to funding from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Community Foundation.

The MCA is committed to promoting and organizing Maine Craft Weekend as an annual event for years to come. We are working on funding and partnerships that will help promote, grow, and sustain Maine Craft Weekend 2014 and beyond!

“Spirit Encounters” Coming to Northern Lights Gallery

"Spirit Encounters" at Northern Lights Gallery

Will Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American carvings draw collectors and admirers of NW coast style art from Oregon to Maine.

Northern Lights Gallery opens Spirit Encounters, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine.

All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art.

More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others.

“My hope,” says Dixon, whose training is also in theology and psychotherapy, “is to capture the imagination of the observer; to provide an experience of wonder, delight, and spiritual encounter; and to evoke a shared admiration for the traditions of an ancient, vibrant and soulful culture.”

Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Dixon will present a talk on the history of Pacific North West art, technique and the stories that he carves during opening night.

Will Dixon’s works are found in the Garibaldi Museum, and in private collections in Europe, Canada and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon and on the Oregon coast with his wife Betsy.

Northern Lights Gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, as well as fine contemporary art that convey profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. For more information on this event, please call 207-338-3088 or e-mail karen@northernlightsgallery.org.

Guest Artist Ed McCartan Exhibits in Sarah’s Café

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“In the Autumn of Our Years” by Ed McCartan

When artist Ed McCartan was preparing a presentation for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell about looking at abstract art, the gallery described his work as incorporating “botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery, using abstract layering and sumi brushwork techniques. Ed likes to experiment with alternate techniques, such as stenciling, woodcut and stamping within his paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and panel.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature a selection of paintings by Ed McCartan during the August 28 event, from 5-8pm. His work will be exhibited on the walls of Sarah’s Café at 45 Water St. in Wiscasset Village.

The artist, who lives in Brunswick and has a studio in the mill at Ft. Andross, explains that his work represents his exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. “I often use the double image because I am interested in the ‘dialogue’ that this creates between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns, flowers, etc. leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.”

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“Joy of a New Day” by Ed McCartan

McCartan has exhibited extensively throughout eastern United States and Canada and locally in galleries located in Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Wiscasset among other numerous mid-coast locations. He’s been a life-long teacher – of studio art and art history – now retired, but continues to offer workshops and private lessons at his studio and through courses at Midcoast Senior College in Bath.

McCartan’s art gives expression to his interests in philosophy, theology, and education. About his work, the artist says, “I go to nature and the possibilities inherent in the materials for inspiration. It is an ongoing endeavor.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” and opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style, and Constance Kiermaier who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

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“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

“DUET: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman” Opens at Betts Gallery

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Mysterious Musician” by Kathy Weinberg

The two-person show at Betts Gallery in Belfast includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s work includes painting, sculpture and photography. She is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Knights Move” by Jeffrey Ackerman

The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn showing in Kennebunkport

Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunkport shows paintings by Sandra Leinonen Dunn September 13 through October 13, with an opening receptions is September 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Maine Art Gallery

“Brilliant Orange Poppies” by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine painter. Her works are part of private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is a published children’s book illustrator, best known for her illustrations in The Henhouse and The Live Bale of Hay (both by author Carol Dean, published by Downeast Publishing). She operates a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sandra Dunn’s paintings are impressionistic in feel. Her brushstrokes and use of color are loose and light- creating the feeling that the brush has danced across the forms being painted. Sandra Leinonen Dunn’s work is a celebration of color, and a meditation on the happiness found in that which is beautiful to the eye.

Sandra is also an educator. She has taught art in the public school system for the past 15 years and has given art lessons and workshops outside the school setting. Her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree is from the University of Southern Maine. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her art education includes studying at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Whitelands College in London, Maine College of Art , the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Round Top Center for the Arts.

”As an art educator I have found teaching to be a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am always interested in learning different art forms in order to expand my own knowledge and skills, which enables me to share these art forms with my students. I paint in a realistic though somewhat impressionistic style and the focus of most of my painting is on nature. I work in both water colors and acrylics, and my preferred subjects are still life and landscapes. My work in photography has inspired me as an artist, and has allowed me to observe in great detail the wonderful design and beauty in nature.”

First Fridays Arts Tour highlights fine art in the Boothbay Region

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“Blue Rain Barrel” by John M. T Seitzer

September 5 from 2-9 p.m. this free, self guided tour offers new art exhibits, open house receptions and artist demonstrations. Enjoy the variety 12 galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula.

Follow the Art Trail map provided in the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide and find a complete list of each months participating galleries in the Boothbay Register or pick one up at most galleries. Plan your day or evening around several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for evening receptions.

Sept 5, 2014 Participating Galleries & Studios: Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Joy To The Wind Gallery, Macdonald Stained Glass , Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, Butke Gallery, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Fortunate Chance Gallery, Paradise Studio and Studio 684 Paintings& More.

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th with an opening reception on Friday September 5, 5-8 p.m.

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“​Specimen 140703″ by Julie H. Rose

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew… exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted, and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Åarhus invites the public to race on over for the opening on the first Friday of September and join in a few threads of conversation with the artist herself.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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“Specimen J30-4″ by Julie H. Rose

James Chute “Apparent Contradictions” at the Harlow Gallery

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“Women in the City” by James Chute

Jacob Fall, an independent curator based in southern Maine, is pleased to announce that he will organize “Apparent contradictions”, an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell September 5-27. Using the work of James Chute of Freeport, Mr. Fall will interrogate what seems to be discrepancies in the work and practice of a not-atypical artist practicing in Maine during the early decades of the current century. The work to be shown will range from early student work to Mr. Chute’s current collaborative projects. James Chute’s current production is primarily drawing, but he has also made paintings, prints and sculpture. Although the exhibition will have a broad range, Mr. Fall believes that viewers will be able to discern underlying aesthetic and conceptual unity.
Of his work James Chute says succinctly, “I make some marks and then I get out of the viewer’s way.” Visit the artist online at jameschute.com.

Meet James Chute at the opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m., refreshments will be served. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; exhibitions and at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. “apparent contradictions” will be on on view September 5-27. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.

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.

DIAA Presents “Farrago”

Shari Ciomei Studio

“Vicki’s Place 3″ by Shari Ciomei

DIAA Presents “Farrago” August 22 to September 4. A wide variety of media is represented, and artists include Marianne Alweis, Arlyss Becker, Peter Beerits, Shari Ciomei, Mary Eaton, Avery Falkner, Jeri Gillin, Woodley Osborne, Kathleen Sawyer, Walter Smalling, Tim Szal, Pat Taniashvili, and Anne Yarnall. The DIAA Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

Sohns Gallery presents New Works by Angela Warren

 

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“Sonarita: Spanish musical term meaning ‘full vibrating tone’” by Angela Warren

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents
New Works by Angela Warren. The show runs from July 20 – September 20. An artist’s reception and discussion will be held on Friday August 22 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist discussion at 7 p.m.

Summer Island Studio opens Belva Ann Prycel

Belva Ann Prycel at Summer Island Studio

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall Brunswick, Maine for the opening of Belva Ann Prycel, a unique and engaging, multi-talented artist on Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, and horsdoerves will be served with live music by Frank Siegel and our always vibrant gallery collection of Maine made fine jewelry, art, clothing and crafts.

Prycel’s landscape paintings are inspired from the tidal environments, expansive skies and expressive rivers of the northeast coast. As well as, Belva Ann’s acclaimed books of Maine, which richly illustrate her personal experiences with resonance and grace, both will be featured during the month of September.

Living in Alna & Round Pond, Pyrcel exhibits her paintings and appears for book signings throughout the region. During her month long showing autographed copies of three of Pyrcel’s books will be available: Times and Tides is an illustrated memoir of personal essays of the coast; Water Tales: Stories of the Coast is a collection of humorous stories of the author’s life around and on water; and Passage is the story of the loss of Prycel’s family that speaks intimately to our fragile humanity.

Prycel is a graduate of Rowan College, teaching painting and drawing in public schools and at her private studio for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey she was a well-known cover artist for “South Jersey Magazine” and in 2000 was featured in the award winning documentary “Bayside Artists: Celebrating our Sense of Place.”

Stonington Galleries last First Friday of the season

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The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.

Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.

On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.

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“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

 

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In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.

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“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty

For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

Two Shows Featuring the Kennebec Land Trust Properties

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Lois Strickland painting view of Wilson Pond & Gott Pasture. Photograph by Jym St. Pierre

KLT’s 25th Anniversary Show

In partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), Kennebec Valley Art Association announces on an open call for art in celebration of KLT’s 25th anniversary in 2014. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by any of the Kennebec Land Trust properties that are open to the public. A complete list is available on the KLT website.

Email submissions are being accepted through September 1. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Kennebec Land Trust founder Jym St. Pierre and staff from the KLT and the Harlow Gallery.

The art exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from October 10 through November 1, with a public reception on Sunday, October 12th to coincide with the opening of the Howard Hill Project fundraiser exhibition across the street at Slates Restaurant. Artists interested in participating in the 25th Anniversary Show can visit harlowgallery.org.

Howard Hill Show

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In celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill in Augusta, 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign. Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill.

Art submissions will be accepted by email through September 1, and reviewed by a curatorial committee to include, among others, Norm Rodrigue, KLT Director and photographer and Harlow Gallery executive director Deborah Fahy.

The art exhibition will be on view October 12 – November 1, at Slates Restaurant at 167 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. The public reception on Sunday, October 12th will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. The 50% commission from art sales will benefit the Howard Hill project. Artists may choose to donate 100% to benefit the project.

For full details about submitting work please visit harlowgallery.org.

Wiscasset Art Walk Showcases Street Performance

The Village of Wiscasset becomes a performance venue with plein air painting, live sidewalk music, and street performance during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 28 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Artist Robert Noreika sets up his easel in front of Sylvan Gallery to capture the atmosphere and mood of our classic Maine village. Sidewalk artist Erik Minzner establishes his outdoor studio on Main St. to observe and paint the comings and goings of Wiscasset street life. Strolling minstrels Married with Chitlins delight visitors with their country, blues-y tunes, and Luminarium Dance Co., fresh from their 24-hour choreofest in Boston, brings street performance to the Village.

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According to Luminarium Dance Co. co-founder and choreographer Kimberleigh Holman, “the dancers really enjoy working in situ. We won’t be doing a dance performance; instead, we’re exploring unexpected ways to move on the sidewalk and interact with people. We’re preparing for the creative challenges of the doorways, porches, and small outdoor spaces throughout Wiscasset Village.”

While the beating heart of the Art Walk is the fine collection of artist-owned studios and galleries throughout the Village, guest artists and musicians enrich the cultural experience: Sarah’s Café hosts the acrylic works of Brunswick artist Ed McCarten. French & Co. at 55Main exhibits 28 new paintings by well known Maine artist Ralf Feyl. The artist will be there to welcome guests to his first mid-coast show, “RALF FEYL – New Paintings”. According to French & Co. co-owner Richard French, “We are very pleased to host Ralf’s first solo show, outside of Portland, in Maine. It is a knock-out.” Treats features paintings by Wiscasset artist Mat O’Donnell who will be on hand to talk with visitors. Illustrator Sean Closson inhabits the front window at Mac’s Place where he’ll gladly take requests for on-the-spot caricature portraits – become your favorite action hero! Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts displays the work of students and instructors in the window of 106 Main St. while jewelry maker William Paul’s tent invites strollers to come in and look. Paul learned traditional beading while growing up on a reservation and now works with Swarovski crystals.

Music in the galleries has become an intrinsic part of Wiscasset Art Walk. Jubilee, the duo of Doreen Conboy on cello and Ellen Koches on flute, will be playing classical, baroque, and contemporary music to enhance the experience of looking at art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Another duo, Jeff Grosser on accordion and four-string jazz banjo and Spike Hyssong on stand-up bass, transforms Mac’s Place into a jazz café for the evening. According to Grosser, his colleague Spike is “one of the foremost jazz acoustic stand-up bassists in Maine.” They will play traditional jazz, swing, and popular music. Grosser claims that “the banjo will be seen to perform music not normally associated with the instrument.” And classical guitarist Jonathan Waldo makes the most of the incredible acoustics in Sideli Fine Art with his masterful playing.

Wiscasset’s remarkable collection of unique shops and historical sites also plays an important part in the Art Walk. For shoppers, In the Clover is hosting a NEESH trunk show, “whimsical clothing for the “grown up girl,” featuring the line’s Fall 2014 collection. And not to be missed is wine tasting at Treats, another Wiscasset Art Walk tradition. The prominent Nickels-Sortwell House towers above the Village and is open for tours. Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets is open 24/7 for the historically-minded and curious.

Strolling maps are available at participating locations in the Village – look for the green and blue balloons – and highlight all the special events.

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. The last Art Walk of the season will be on September 25, from 5pm – 8pm. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.