Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor will be exhibiting the work of Art Gowie and Miles Cooper plus others with an opening reception from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 6. Both artists work in a style more often associated with animation and cartoons. Mr. Gowie says he is particularly interested in the humorous and over the top methods whereby cartoon characters dispatch one another. These artists share a collective aesthetic based on illustration techniques of exaggerated features and morphing the human for into engaging, colorful and festive charactitures. They also tend to paint their pieces on found objects and clothing bring their art to the public and making the process less precious. The show will run through early January 2014 and Shaw Jewelry is open Monday – Saturday through Christmas. For more information visit shawjewelry.com
This image includes all artists in the MFT Gallery “2013 Small Works Holiday Show”
Belfast’s Art Walk ”Christmas Art Spectacle” begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday Dec 6
and promises to be a festive village-wide celebration of the work of local artists for the Holiday Gift-Giving Season. Here is Christmas sampler of openings, receptions and shows taking place this evening.
Åarhus Gallery offers an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music, and conviviality from 5-7 p.m. Northern Lights Gallery is hosting a reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. featuring photographs of the Arctic and lino-prints by Captain Karen. Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer is hosting an opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. for a “2013 Holiday Gala” featuring small works by 30 artists. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a “2013 Small Works Holiday Show” 5:30-8 p.m. Along with many other galleries in downtown Belfast, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is hosting a show of small works by local artists in order to support shopping locally for holiday gifts.
This year, the line-up of Maine artists at MFTG includes Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Julie Crane, Adele Drake, Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Lynn Karlin, Christopher O’Connor, Kathleen Perelka, Lea Peterson, Willy Reddick, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton, Jude Valentine, Becky Whight and Sarah Wilde. Together these artists offer a wide variety of work, such as paintings, pastels, photography, jewelry, silk scarves & more. The Trust also has a lovely collection of farm-oriented children’s books, cook books, calendars, CD’s and Holiday cards – available at our gallery in Belfast and soon online.
Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. More information can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org
The village of Rockland is also booked with festive openings as Arts in Rockland hosts a Holiday First Friday Art Walk tonight. Many of the 23 galleries in downtown Rockland will be open from Water Street to Summer Street and on the side streets surrounding the Farnsworth Art Museum. See individual Café listings for The Landing Gallery, Arts in Rockland Art Walk, and Art Space Gallery below, for more information
The Sohns Gallery in Bangor is hosting an Artist Reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 for “All Small,” a collection of artworks by ten local artists, with an artists talk at 7 p.m. Ten local artists were given small wood panels 9” by 12” or smaller, to create artworks. Artists include Magnus Stark, Kat Johnson, Rebecca Krupke, Krystin Noyes, Elise Robichaud, Stephanie Prentiss, Brian Monahan, Eleanor Kipping, Einstein Hickman, and Pigeon & Chick. Music for the event is provided by Alison and John Strange. The show runs through December 24. For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery at 947-2205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Landing Gallery in Rockland is pleased to announce it’s “Holiday Exhibit: Original Art For Holiday Giving,” with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Light refreshments will be served. 30 gallery artists will have work on display including ceramics, blown glass, paintings, photographs, drawings & sculptures. Featured artists are Naomi Aho, Susan Amons, Roberta Baumann, Robert Birbeck, Derryll Brudzinski, Bruce Busko, Steven Carpenter, Irma Cerese, Lewis Ciscle, Ron Defelice, Gifford Ewing, Sarah Faragher, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Michael Kahn, Brian Krebs, Elizabeth Kelley, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Monique Lazard, Nancy Linkin, Janet Ledoux, David Riley Peterson, Isabelle Pelissier, Patrick Pierce, Ellen Roberts, Bjorn Runquist, Suzanne Siegel, Robert Stebelton, Liliana Thelander, John Wood. For more information call 594-4544 or visit landingart.com
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host a Holiday Open House for its “Small Works 2013” Show on December 5 from 5–7 p.m. Gallery artists participating in the show include R. Scott Baltz, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, June Grey, Philip Frey, Paul Hannon, William Irvine, Joseph Keiffer, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, Andy Newman, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Cynthia Stroud, Alison Rector, David Vickery. The show runs through December 24. Artworks in the show can be viewed at facebook.com/courthousegallery
“Ski Down” by Pamela Hetherly
Art Space Gallery in Rockland is having a Holiday Opening Reception 5 -8 p.m. Friday evening December 6. A winter theme will stretch the 18 gallery artists’ creativity, they already have the skill. The public is invited to try on beautiful one of a kind jewelry, play with the ringing bowls, feel the texture of hand made pottery, and soak in the visual beauty of the photographs, watercolors, pastel, acrylic, and oil paintings on display. Art Space Gallery is a coop gallery that showcases 18 exceptional Maine artists. December hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Art Space is located at 342 Main St., Rockland, across from the Strand Theater.
The 2013 Holiday Gala featuring small works by 30 artists will show at Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer through January 15. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, December 6. The works selected for this show offer a unique variety for the art-lover and serious collector alike, all in time for the holidays. Included are sculpture, painting, collage, monoprint, encaustic, collagraph, fiber art, wood, graphite, photography, and more. Participating artists include: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Sandi Cirillo, Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Bob Delio, Charles Dufour, Gregory Dunham, Lynette Gaslin, Betsy Headley, Beth Henderson, Betty Heselton, David Hurley, Tony Kulik, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Kathleen Mack, Petrea Noyes, Christine Olson, Donna Parkinson, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Alison Rector, Denise Remy, Dyan Ross, Carol Sloane, Lesia Sochor, John Squadra, Gilbert Welch, James Wolfe. For more information call 338-6465.
On Friday, December 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., Arts in Rockland will once again host First Friday Art Walk. Join the celebration as Rockland’s art galleries open their doors for an Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk. Harbor Square Gallery will feature work by Michael Waterman, as well as new work from Thomas O’Donovan and Glade Davis. Landing Gallery is happy to announce its Holiday Exhibit— Works by 35 gallery artists shown at an opening reception with light refreshments. Archipelago Fine Arts presents CRAFTS of the Land and Sea with the works of nine Maine artists. Art Space is holding their opening – A winter theme will stretch their 18 artists creativity, they already have the skill. The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Art Gallery is featuring wildlife artist and illustrator Mark McCollough while the Michael Good Gallery introduces leather clutch purses by Mae Linnaea. At 407 Studios, works by Lois Anne, Nicole Fuller, Patti Luchetti, Carol Miller, Dee Peppe, Alexander Shaw and Amy Wilder will be included in a Holiday Soiree. Come to Rockland on Friday, December 6, for an evening of art and surprises. You never know what you will experience!
“Island View” by Jill Finsen
Deer Isle Artists Association presents a “Small Works and Gifts Exhibit” through Dec. 22. “Small Works and Gifts” features the work of local artists Peter Beerits, Rory Beerits, Darwin Davidson, Mary Eaton, Jill Finsen, Cathy Hart, Walter Smalling, Anah Snow, Axel Stohlberg, and Tim Szal. The DIAA Gallery is open Thurs – Sun. 12 – 5. For more information call 348-2330.
Northern Light Gallery in Belfast invites the public to a festive evening on Belfast First Friday Art walk from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Dec 6. Curator Captain Karen Miles has returned from the Wanderbird’s sailing season bringing new treasures from Labrador and Newfoundland artists. The gallery now has have several new stunning labradorite, serpentine, alabaster sculptures by Inuit artists Gilbert Haye, John Terraik and Jonathan Kohlmeister. The evening will also feature photographs of the Arctic and lino-prints by Captain Karen and new works by all of our summer season artists, Lisa Lebofsky, Juan Pons, Ron Cowan, Kimberly Callas, Karin Spitfire and Dina Petrillo. The Gallery has also stocked up on cards, calendars and jewelry. We have our favorite Inuit art cards, plus Inuit wall and engagement calendars. Our reasonable priced showcase jewelry including leather, caribou, laborite bracelets, earrings, and necklaces from our artist Joan Peterson, Tobias Kojak, Harry Semiak and B. Merry. We also have new scarfs and wall hangings from silk painter Jane White. Northern Lights Gallery is located at 33 Main St. Belfast, specializing in northern inspired, First Nations and Inuit art, as well as fine contemporary works that express a profound engagement with nature or sacred connection to animals and the natural environment.
Please join Åarhus Gallery for an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music, and conviviality 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 6. We’ll provide samples of Dean’s Sweets delicious hand-dipped chocolates and young entrepreneur Kate McAleer will be sharing samples of her hand-made, all natural, flavor-packed Bixby Bars which she produces right here in Belfast. Tom Luther’s unique hybrid blend of original music, as well as his take on some traditional seasonal pieces, will spice up the nooks and crannies and stimulate the mind, all the better to fully immerse oneself in the 2013 Extravaganza of small artworks and crafts lovingly assembled for a localvore’s gift giving pleasure!
The jam-packed Extravaganza show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative crafts priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the mid-coast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, felted and knitted fiber works, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, Glass Plate images of Maine, affordable jewelry, music and more. Please visit aarhusgallery.com for a list of the artists and a slide show of the current show.
“Untitled” by Ahmed Alsoudani
Due to the success of the exhibition “Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted,” the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will extend the show through February 2, 2014. Originally scheduled to close on December 8, “Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted,” is the first major museum exhibition of the work of American-Iraqi artist and Maine College of Art graduate Ahmed Alsoudani. The exhibition features 20 of the artist’s tumultuous and innovative paintings, which reflect on the horrors of war with a unique artistic voice. “Challenging the viewer with nuanced art historical arguments and blatantly difficult, abject, and grotesque imagery, Alsoudani does what few artists can do: he successfully translates the complexity of contemporary politics into meaningful painting,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. For more information, call 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.
“Brite Nexus” by George Lloyd
Greenhut Galleries in Portland is hosting an Artists Reception 1 – 3 p.m. Sat. Dec. 7. The public is invited to celebrate the season with this festive group show for gallery artists. The exhibit showcases new work by over 40 Greenhut artists and runs through Dec. 28. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com
Waterfall Arts in Belfast is opening their annual holiday saleable art exhibit with a reception 5 – 8 p.m. Friday Dec 6. “Rusty Bits,” a show and sale of work by metal artists, including jewelers, fabricators and sculptors replaces the organization’s Handmade show and was inspired by the wonderful array of tools, fixtures and gadgets housed at the Liberty Salvage Company. The show/sale offers a combination of large and small new works in metal, assemblage, paintings and handmade jewelry, as well as “rusty bits” – interesting, affordable metal objects selected from the collection of the late renaissance man, David McLaughlin, who ran the Salvage Company for thirty years. Invited metal artists include Willy Reddick, Jay Sawyer, JT Gibson, Carol Sloane, Abbie Read, Nina Scott Hanson, Sarah Good, Mary Baoko, Lauren Veale, John Nelson, Mark Roberge, Jessica Strauss and others. Also on display and for sale are paintings and drawings by Belfast artist, Sandy Balmforth. Balmforth’s work was recently donated to Waterfall Arts and recognizing that his “outsider” style may appeal to many, his artwork is for sale at affordable prices. Original and digital prints of Richard Norton’s Belfast photographs taken in the 1970s and 80s are also available for purchase. For more information visit waterfallarts.org.
Inch by Inch, Row by Row
Along with many other galleries in downtown Belfast, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be hosting a show of small works by local artists in order to support shopping locally for holiday gifts. Better yet, at Maine Farmland Trust a large portion of any sale goes directly towards farmland preservation.
This year, the line-up of Maine artists includes Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Julie Crane, Adele Drake, Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Lynn Karlin, Christopher O’Connor, Kathleen Perelka, Lea Peterson, Willy Reddick, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton, Jude Valentine, Becky Whight and Sarah Wilde. Together these artists offer a wide variety of work, such as paintings, pastels, photography, jewelry, silk scarves & more. The Trust also has a lovely collection of farm-oriented children’s books, cook books, calendars, CD’s and Holiday cards – available at our gallery in Belfast and soon online.
There will be two festive evenings open to the public: first, an opening reception Friday November 15, from 5:30-8pm, to accommodate early holiday shopping; and second, a festive Belfast Art Walk ”Christmas Art Spectacle” on Friday December 6, 5:30-8pm.
The show will be on display from November 15 – January 7, 2014
The MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org
Three Turtle Collaborative Studio in Bangor presents TEXTUREWORK, a series of abstract paintings by Zeraph Dylan Moore, on November 15 from 5 to 9 pm during the Bangor ArtWalk. The studio is located at 27 State Street at the intersection of State and Harlow Street, in Suite 31.
TEXTUREWORK is focused on exploring the way that paint interacts with textural features of the canvas. The paintings are built on wood or canvas, but layers of paint, papier-mâché, pumice and found objects create a landscape on which paint can play.
Moore is fascinated by the interactions between texture, color, and weathering processes in the natural world and post-industrial environments, and seeks to explore and replicate those processes on the canvas. The work also uses drip painting and iridescent color to bring energy and natural serendipity into the work. The results are colorful, surprising and unusual works.
Singer-songwriter Martin Chartrand will be performing at 6 and 8 pm and delicious refreshments will be served all evening. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The seventh annual EXTRAVAGANZA at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off with an Opening Reception 5 – 8 p.m. Nov. 1. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, turned wood, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, new Glass Plate images, chocolates and more.
Twice a year Åarhus hangs a show salon style, not only to take full advantage of the available wall space but also to exemplify the vast array of talent, imagination and the multitudinous manifestations of artistic impulse in the midcoast. The first floor to ceiling exhibition of the year is the hugely popular ‘Radius Belfast’ show, where all artists and artisans alike within a 30 mile radius of Belfast are invited to show their stuff. This show annually dazzles the walls for the month of March and is a great energy lifter for the winter doldrums. The Extravaganza however, our second salon style show, is the holiday hallmark of small works shows expressly and unabashedly focusing on the gift giving season. This show runs for two months and features all of the artists from the four invitational theme shows and the three guest artists shows as well as the craft artists that are featured throughout the year. Artists are asked to consider smaller works for this show so the public can expect to see an overall lower price point. This also gives the viewer an opportunity to recap all the previous Åarhus shows and possibly walk away with a real gem that otherwise may have gotten away or that the artist hadn’t shown during the regular season.
Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Åarhus partners. Artists included will be: Michael Alpert, Susan Amons, Suzanne Anderson, Barbara Andrus, Bernice Arthur, Joe Ascrizzi, Dan Beckman, Mark Bell, Martha Briana, Marcie Jan Bronstein, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kate Chandler, Kenny Cole, Cinder Conk, Susan Cooney, Al Crichton, Maryjean Crowe, Bill Davis, James Deane, Dean’s Sweets, Gabriella D’Italia, Kris Engman, David Estey, Maureen Farr, Jerri Finch, Sallie Findlay, Alan Fishman, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler, Free Seedlings, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Harold Garde, Carol Gater, Gawler Sisters, J.T. Gibson, Ellen Goldsmith, David Jacobson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, David Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Judd Jones, Susan Jones, Mia Kanazawa, Mark Kelly, Hannah Kreitzer, A. C. Kulik, Valerie Lawson, Marc Leavitt, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Little Letterpress, Carol Logie, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Jennifer Marshall, Sandy McGaw, Kate McLeod, Holly Meade, Cathy Melio, Kate Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Leslie Miller, Ed Moffitt, Hanako Nakazato, Nire Art, Novel Jazz, Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Robbi Fritz Portela, Jane Ploughman, Ben Potter, Phil Prince, Joan Proudman, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Rural Electric, Eleanor Salazar, Erica Schlueter, Betty Schopmeyer, Mike Silverton, Carol Sloane, Karin Spitfire, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Glen Veevaert, Simon van der Ven, John Vincent, Dayle Tognoni Ward, Patricia Wheeler, Whiffletree, Andy White, J. Fred Woell.
EXTRAVAGANZA runs through December 24. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com.
“Down the Line” by Rita Haunert
The Gallery at Blue Heron in Bangor invites the public to an Opening Reception Thursday, November 7, from 5-7 pm a new show “Leave a Trail”. Each of us has an innate desire to explore the world around us and to leave something of ourselves behind. We express ourselves through various mediums and in so doing, leave a trail of spirit for others to experience and enjoy. Featured artists include: Helena Bosse, Jadrien Cousens, Pam Dunphy, Matthew Foster, Rita Haunert, Rebecca Krupke, Linda Packard, Rebecca Rivers, Kris Sader, and Paul Thibodeau. The show runs until December 31, 2013 The Gallery at Blue Heron is located at 15 State Street, Bangor and can be reached at 992-2115.”
“Fiddle Heads”by Renata Moise
The Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is showing works by three local artist, Renata Moise, Becky O’Keefe, and Margret Baldwin. Renata Moise, a local midwife and artist, brings us vibrant seasonal Maine landscapes rendered in oil on canvas depicting the sweep of the year, tender spring through winter snow. Becky O’Keefe creates art as both a gardener and watercolorist. Her work captures the soft subtleties of our scenic Maine landscape. Margret Baldwin brings art into the community through her work as an artist, teacher, and library arts-coordinator. This show will run through Nov. 25. Step outside your busy day, and spend some quiet moments with seascapes, landscapes, and abstract expressionism in the Wine Cellar Art Gallery at John Edwards Market. For more information call 667-9377.
“Time” by Tim VanCampen
CRAFT Gallery in Rockland presents Tim VanCampen’s new digitally generated works of fine art on archival rag paper with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 1. Using an Epson Stylus Pro Printer, the artist approaches the computer screen as a blank canvas, creating designs using various filters, “brushes” and archival ink. VanCampen attended The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Skowhegan School of Art. CRAFT Gallery joins in the celebration of American Craft Week with a new body of work by potters Hanako Nakazato and George Pearlman. Joining them will be a selected collection of work by other CRAFT Gallery artists. The show runs to November 15. For more information call 594 0167 or visit craftonelm.com.