Here’s What’s Happening in May at PAM in Portland

CocktailA panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” on May 12

Here’s a sampling of events at Portland Museum of Art. Be sure to check the website for a full list of events at http://www.portlandmuseum.org/

A book launch and presentation by Winky Lewis and Susan Conley will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 pm,

Over the course of a year, Maine photographer Winky Lewis and poet Susan Conley exchanged inspiration and ideas to create a unique book of poems and images. Stop Here, This is the Place: A Year in the Motherland centers on their experiences as mothers and documents a year in the lives of their families. To commemorate the launch of their book, Lewis and Conley will read passages and share images with PMA audiences. Illustrator Scott Nash introduces them, and Aurora Provisions offers food and a cash bar.

The book is available in the PMA Store, and a booksigning follows—just in time for Mother’s Day!

A panel discussion “Exploring the Legacy of Edward Curtis’ Photographs happens Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Free for members; $8 general public.

Edward Curtis, who has drawn both praise and scrutiny for his 30-year project The North American Indian, has profoundly shaped perceptions of North American Indian cultures, and continues to influence our perceptions of Native identity to this day. In this important event, an interdisciplinary panel of prominent members of the Native community in Maine will discuss Curtis’ legacy a century later.

A panel discussion “The Cocktail and its Earthly Origins” is Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm. The PMA and MOFGA collaborate for a panel discussion that will touch upon a wide variety of topics in the origins and evolution of the cocktail, especially its recent evolution back to its roots inspired by—and made delicious from—organic farms in Maine. During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to sample Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)-inspired cocktails created by local bartenders.

Mount Sopris by Clifford Ross using the R1 camera he invented.Photography by Clifford Ross

The PMA is pleased to announce its 11th annual Photography Fund Lecture on Wednesday, May 18, featuring Clifford Ross. Ross is renowned for his high-resolution, single-shot landscape photographs, which have been exhibited throughout the world. All proceeds from the lecture benefit the PMA’s Photography Fund.

Please consider supporting the Photography Fund with a gift that is 100% tax-deductible. Your generous contribution will directly aid the acquisition process, conservation, and presentation of the PMA photography collection. Give a gift today!

For more information about the Photography Fund, contact Abegail Baguio, Director of Annual Giving and Membership, at abaguio@portlandmuseum.org or at (207) 699-4987.

Bike Night: Beers + Gears is Friday, May 20 from 4 to 8 pm. The event is free with a cash bar.

Georges River Watershed-Inspired Shows Open First Friday at Caldbeck

Levensellar from Lawry Pond“Levensellar from Lawry Pond” by Nancy Glassman

Two exhibits inspired by the beauty of the Georges River Watershed will open on Friday, May 6 at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland. Nancy Glassman’s show, “My Studio in the Watershed” and George Mason’s “A Year in the Watershed” will kick off with an opening reception on May 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

George Mason of Damariscotta Mills is the 2015 Artist-in-Residence of the partnership between The Georges River Land Trust and the K2 Family Foundation.  He has a background in ceramic architectural tile and his work is steeped in the exploration of materials and history. A centerpiece of Mason’s work as the artist-in-residence focused on the potentially powerful interface of art and land to help build, confirm, and sustain a sense of community, and to be a voice of encouragement for getting out on the land.

Invitation 2016 mason“Invitation 2016″ by George Mason

Mason has been a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and was a founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Mason has taught at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Ohio State, U.C. Boulder, and Haystack. In his home state of Maine, he has shown at The Portland Museum of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, with solo shows at The Farnsworth Museum, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

For the exhibition, painter Nancy Glassman assembled paintings that she has made over the years and spent considerable time outdoors last fall and winter making new work. “I felt inspired to paint a whole lot,” she said, “so I put on some crazy looking outfits and had a blast painting outdoors. I enjoyed going out to spots where I could set up my easel and just paint the water, the movement of the water and the plants along the edge. It was absolutely thrilling.”

Both exhibits will hang until June 4. Caldbeck Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street. Visit http://www.caldbeck.com/ for the latest gallery information.

Artists’ Reception for “Dead Reckoning” at DIAA Gallery May 8

thumbnail_02AntonovychLandscapesnandAccidentsBPhotograph by Anya Antonovych

On the weekends of May 6-8 and May 13-15, the Deer Isle Artists Association (DIAA) will present an exhibition of photographs by Anya Antonovych and sculpture by Sam Jones. Additionally, the public is warmly invited to an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm at the DIAA Gallery. The artists posit the world of the fairytale as a space of suspended normality. The viewer is challenged to navigate an obscure place where glimpses of the preternatural serve as reference points in a story that continues to elude.

“Landscapes and Accidents,” the suite of photographs by Antonovych, capitalizes on color’s narrative capacity. She presents abstract images alongside representational landscapes in order to construct a broken narrative. Color is used to seduce. Brightness is deceptive: rather than conveying joyfulness, color functions in a deeply ironic way, signifying something quite sinister.

thumbnail_04JonesCoreASculpture by Sam Jones

Sam Jones’s sculptural installation, “Core,” is comprised of cast papercrete forms embedded with various materials, including synthetic netting and natural fibers. The tubular forms, which tend toward the neutral tone of concrete but contain surprising moments of color, are reminiscent of tree trunks, deteriorated architectural columns and core samples.

The Art Rack will contain work by the late Daniel Hodermarsky, founder and first president of the Deer Isle Artists Association.

Hours for the show are from 11 am to 5 pm on both weekends. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. For more information, call 207-348-2330.

Maine artist Jean Kigel’s work in Newburyport Exhibit

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“Hidden Shoals,” by Jean Kigel

The work of Maine artist Jean Kigel is included in an exhibit on display at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts through Sunday, May 15.

Art and science come together in this unique show inspired by the best-selling book “Blue Mind” by Dr.Wallace J. Nichols, the study of why we are drawn to the ocean, and how this scientifically connects to our health and happiness.

New artwork features ocean and water themes by 30  gallery members who masterfully capture seascapes, marsh-scapes and marine art.

The Gallery is located at Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit http://walsinghamgallery.com/

DIAA’s Winter Workshops Artists Participate in Gallery Show

thumbnail_DSC_0081Art by Ana Mendoza

Individuals who participated in DIAA’s Winter Workshops displayed their work at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery from April 30 – May 1. The show represented a wide range of artistic experiences, from well known artists to beginners, some of whom shared their first encounters with watercolors or charcoal.

Participating artists included: Diane Maguire Horton, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Ana Mendoza, Jane Osborne, Woodley Osborne, Caroly Raedle, Oscar Turner, and Hub White. The community was invited to enjoy their work.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, and was opened from 11 am to 5 pm for the show.

Camden Falls Gallery Welcomes Spring with “Sunstrokes”

Buddies in a Row 8x8 acrylic fabric on plexiAnn Trainor-Domingue’s “Buddies In A Row”

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden opens its 2016 season with a salute to the brilliance and warmth of the sun, and its transformative power to reawaken the human senses, the human heart, and the natural world around us.

The spring show “Sunstrokes,” will feature the works of Ann Trainor-Domingue and our house artists. Primarily floral, our first show will also encompass work revealing the lush colors of our local coastal landscape.

During the monochromatic , cold months of winter many of our artists find themselves creating still lifes based on studio compositions created with the bold colors of cut flowers.and bright patterned fabrics. Trainor –Domingue’s new floral work however, springs from her rich imaginative reinterpretation of potted plants and garden flowers.

thumbnail_15335 Summer Blast 36x24 acryl canvAnn Trainor-Domingue’s “Summer Blast”

Writing about these vibrant paintings,she explains their origins. “As an artist who finds so many aspects of the natural world worthy of painting, I decided to use flowers in all their glory to inspire this series I refer to as ‘Sunstrokes.’

I have felt the fragility and delicacy of flowers and have witnessed how they stand tall through spring winds and summer heat. I think it is this toughness contrasted with the delicate that I find so appealing.

Strong complex forms and intricate shapes found in a variety of flowers are the basis of my design approach. I change actual colors to deepen or softentones while composing a painting that visualizes the exuberance I feel about flowers.I abstract shapes through many preliminary sketches and then play with all the elements,reorganizing them in new and unusual ways, bursting with color and energy.”

Please visit and be a part of the reemergence into this fertile and most creative of seasons. Sunstrokes will run through early June. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Call 207-470-7027 for more information.

“WHAT YOU SEE…” opens May 6 at Carver Hill Gallery

sharon Arnold_Lost Highway_Bridge to Nowhere_Digital  collageSharon Arnold’s, “Lost Highway Bridge to Nowhere,” digital collage

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, is pleased to open their season with a 7 person group show titled “WHAT YOU SEE…” The opening reception will be First Friday, May 6, from 5 – 8 pm. Most of the artists will be present. The show is combination of digital media, collage, and photography featuring Sharon Arnold, Craig Becker, Nadine Boughton, Virginia Fitzgerald, Seth Lester, Elizabeth Opalenik and Agnes Riverin.

The work is a narrative exploration of an idea, opinion, or social observation. The intended message is more obvious in some work than others, and this is largely dependent on the level of commitment by the artist to the specific idea. Sometimes the purpose of the work is simply to observe it.

French Canadian artist Agnes Riverin says of her work “All that is true to me is the intention to express something that is inexplicable. This digital work is composed of hundreds of my macro photos objects and movements of water, birds and manmade ships. The words you see are my poems. I use star charts (monthly constellations) to locate the space / time. I am interested in quantum physics and cosmology. I make a connection between quantum physics and space-time when we lose a loved one; the time seems to stop for us. But quantum physics tends to prove that time does not exist, all that really exists is the present. Only water movement in the night.”

Agnes is a published poet, painter, and digital artist with a powerful and palpable common thread in all three disciplines.

thumbnail_Craig Becker Migration 1 Digital collageCraig Becker’s “Migration,” digital collage

Artist Craig Becker explains of his digital photography compositions, “Stories form the foundation of our human experience. I create incomplete stories, where the elements of the image touch but their relationship is ambiguous. This encourages the viewer to connect the dots and create their own narrative. The framework is visually and emotionally complex, inviting exploration into the beauty within the shadows”.

Gender roles and politics are the theme of Nadine Boughton’s  work. Her carefully crafted editions have a comic book feel to them – the palette and resolution is soft and fuzzy.

“My intention is to deconstruct the images of mid-century advertising, creating narratives of ambiguity with humor and a dark edge, revealing some of the different relationships men and women have to power, beauty and longing. The images play with the convergence of interior and exterior domains, abstract ideas and the mystery of the female form. This series is an homage both to the handsome men in Fortune who look like all the fathers I watched in their suits with briefcases, carpooling to a foreign land; and to the community of mothers who served egg salad sandwiches on the green lawns of suburbia.”

In contrast to this work, Seth Lester’s voice has a more playful tone. “Irony, humor, playfulness — perhaps these are immediate responses to my images. Created in a freely associative manner, this work invites us to participate in constructing a narrative. Incorporating the same objects in different images creates a continuity that adds new dimensions to an ongoing narrative that explores the inherent mystery that I intend to be neither didactic nor symbolic. This process connect with Baudelaire’s concept of the imagination as ‘an almost divine faculty which perceives at once, without resort to philosophic methods, the intimate and secret connections between things.” Perhaps those viewing these images are unable to resolve the mystery of what is unknown by resorting to an intellect that desires logical explanations. While participating in the mystery, when we are not resorting to creating meaning through symbolism, then we can feel comfortable with not knowing, and just smile.”

Show runs through May 31. See www.carverhillgallery.com for hours and more information.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery Hosts Wine Tasting Opening May 6

Roper“Provider” by Diana Roper McDowell

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery, at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth, is happy to start the season off with a new art show for the months of May & June featuring Diana Roper McDowell and Lynn Karlin. An opening for both artists will be accompanied by a wine tasting on May 6th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Diana Roper McDowell is a precision watercolorist painting Maine scenes saturated with color and geometric poise. We love her work, and are glad to welcome her back to the gallery with another show.

Lynn Karlin will show photographs for the first time with us from her Pedestal Series – flowers and vegetables set upon pedestals of varying shapes and sizes sometimes echoing the subject’s form and lit by “a certain slant of light.” Her work offers new appreciation for the everyday beauty surrounding us. Lynn’s work will be available during the month of May.

Please call John Edwards Market at 207-667-9377 for more information. The Gallery is located at 158 Main Street in Ellsworth.

“Ed Douglas: New Work” opens May 7 at Portland’s Greenhut Galleries

swimmer_3_web“Swimmer #3” by Ed Douglas, oil on panel

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Ed Douglas: New Work” with an opening reception on Thursday, May 7 from 5 to 7 pm.

Ed Douglas has devoted his life to painting.  In a career that spans over fifty years, a well-respected now retired professor who taught at the Maine College of Art, he continues to strive for dynamism and unity in his work. Douglas explores ideas that remain integral to the way he approaches the act of painting.

Though Ed was once quoted as saying “subjects are more excuses for paintings than they are dictates or even inspirations for paintings,” he clearly enjoys working with the human form.

Ed excels in exploring individual gesture as well as the interplay found in group figure studies. Douglas received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.  His work can be seen not only in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art, but also in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the San Francisco Art Institute Art Bank. Ed’s work is collected both nationally and internationally.

Greenhut Galleries is located at 146 Middle Street in Portland. For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk is May 6

12991008_1144145662271481_2146855431832967152_nBrigitte Gautschi’s “Dunes,” oil pastel on linen,
Rockland’s first First Friday Art Walk of 2016 will take place May 6 from 5-8 pm. Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, The Gautschi Center, Project Puffin, The Art Loft (who are opening their doors for the first time), Black Hole, Landing Gallery and Carver Hill Gallery.
Michael Good Gallery will be showing hand painted silk scarves by Jen Derbyshire from Tenants Harbor and fanciful Seussian wooden boxes by John Shane.
Caldbeck Gallery will be showing George Mason’s “Relief Tapestries”, and Nancy Glassman’s watercolors and oils.  Both artists’s work is about the Georges River Watershed.
The Gautschi Center celebrates spring in Maine with a colorful and energizing display Brigitte Gautschi’s paintings of the beloved poppy. Also new to the Gautschi Center this spring are bronze sculptures by Ray Carbone, handcrafted wooden lamps by Joel Hokkanen and a vast array of unique gift items and jewelry.
Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole collaborate to host the Spring Exhibition 2016, an open, juried show, which will include 80 works from 44 artists.  Curated by Robert Colburn.
Carver Hill Gallery will present, “What You See”, a digital, digital collage, and photography/mixed media show with work from seven artists.
A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Call for Artists: 3rd Annual Wet Paint on the Weskeag!

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The Kelpie Gallery has begun accepting artist submissions for “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!,” the third annual juried Wet Paint benefit auction for the Georges River Land Trust (GRLT). During the weekend of the event, selected artists will paint en plein air on properties protected by the GRLT.

Artists will create works on Friday, August 12 or Saturday, August 13 which will then be previewed at the gallery on Sunday, August 14 during a cocktail reception and auctioned off that evening. Proceeds from artwork sold will be split 50/50 with the artists and the Georges River Land Trust.

For the past 2 years, artists have painted along the Weskeag River and Marsh to create the works for this event. Through the GRLT’s “Bridging 2 Rivers” initiative, over 1,000 acres of land between the Weskeag and Georges Rivers are now protected, and this year the artists are invited to explore more of these areas. All mediums are welcome. Artists working in watercolors and pastels must provide a mat; no frames are permitted. The completed works will be on display at The Kelpie Gallery during the cocktail reception and preview on August 14, and auctioned off live starting at 5pm.

Interested artists are invited to submit two digital images of original plein air paintings in any medium for juried consideration to participate in “Wet Paint on the Weskeag!” All entries must arrive by the deadline of Monday, May 2nd. Application information and details can be found online at TheKelpieGallery.com. Please email TheKelpieGallery@gmail.com to submit images, or call 207-691-0392 or 207-691-3416 or with questions or for more information.

The Unique + Often Untold Stories of Maine Towns

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The Maine Arts Commission is honored to announce the opening of its newest Art in the Capitol exhibit, open to the public on the ground and second floors of the statehouse from now through July 15, 2016. This newest in the series of rotating exhibits features the work of photographer and master digital printer Heath Paley.

The selection of 19 images is curated from his series “Downtown: Patterns of Life in Maine’s Villages, Towns and Cities,” and show a cross section of Maine’s communities from Caribou to Kennebunk, Rumford to Machias. Each town’s portrait is made up of a combination of dozens of photographs Paley has taken from the same view point over a period of hours, days or weeks.

“It’s a particular pleasure to exhibit art that celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of our Maine towns,” said Julie Horn, the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Visual Arts Programs and the show’s curator. “Keith’s work is visually stunning and we hope it attracts the attention of legislators, citizens, and visitors as they go about their daily business in our state’s capitol.”

Paley’s envisions Maine through its fundamental public spaces. Each community has a history, and Paley’s captured moments provide visually attentive clues to those unique and perhaps untold stories. The large scale and saturated colors of the images invite viewers to add to the narrative. The photos in the exhibit differ from straight forward documentary photography, representing instead “a curated amalgam of time.” In describing his process, Paley says, “I ‘stitch’ these shots together into a single, large scale composite image, much more finely detailed and carefully composed than traditional photographic techniques allow.” The result is a dense environment, whether filled with buildings and people, or showcasing the enormity of Maine’s natural world.

Heath Paley currently lives in Portland. He has a MA from Northeastern University and MFA from Emerson College, both in Boston. His work is part of prominent collections in Maine including the Portland Museum of Art, and he has shown extensively throughout Maine’s southern and midcoast regions. Photographs from this show along with others from the series will be on display in “Heath Paley / Picturing Downtown Maine” at the University of Maine-Orono Art School’s Lord Hall Gallery in July. More information on Paley and his work can be found at heathpaleyphoto.com

The Art in the Capitol program features work throughout the Capitol Complex and offers Maine artists an additional venue for their work. It is designed to expand the audience for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes. All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about the Art in the Capitol Program please contact Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

Call For Art: Equal Protection of the Laws: 14th Amendment

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The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) invite submissions to “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta September 22 through December 16,  2016.
The goal is to create an exhibit by Maine-based artists that contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment, the most litigated and referenced of all the amendments to the US Constitution. Themes can relate to any or all areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.
Email submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee comprised of staff of the Harlow Gallery, HHRC, and the Maine Arts Commission. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016. There is no submission fee for this exhibition thanks to support from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

For more information please visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-14th-amendment/

Contact Cassie Bouton, Gallery Manager at Harlow Gallery with questions about the submission process at 207-622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Landing Gallery Kicks Off 2016 Seasonal Invitational

1 “Evening, Spruce Head, Maine” by Bruce Busk, oil/linen, 18” x 18”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland kicks off its new season and is pleased to announce the opening of the “2016 SEASON INVITATIONAL,” May 6 – May 21. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6th from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2016.

New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Daniel Corey, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Paul Noel, Björn Runquist, Marni Sinclair, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition.

Gallery hours are Wed – Sat 11-5, For more information, call 207 239-1223. The gallery is located at 409 Main Street in Rockland.

Successful Waldoboro potluck kicks off new Medomak Arts programming

WaldoroMore than 60 Waldoboro and midcoast citizens filled the Space @ No. 9

What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit.

While the organization’s general mission is to “foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion,” it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled “We Heart Medomak Arts.” The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.

During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. “We’re excited to see The Space becoming more active,” he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts’ community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
“While these programs will continue,” Pease said, “we’ve got more in store starting this spring.” Highlights include weekly “Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is “Finger Lickin’ Pickin’,” a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
“But,” Pease went on, “a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you’d like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space.” Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. Stay updated on programs, learn more about what’s possible at No. 9, and submit proposals online at www.medomakarts.org.
After Pease’s words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. “Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources,” she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. “Money is always good,” she said, pointing to a recurring “9 for No. 9” monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. “But there are many ways to donate to the cause,” she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. To learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts, go to www.medomakarts.org/support.
Smith’s words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.
All programs are held at the Space @ No. 9, 9 Friendship Road, Waldoboro. For more information, go to www.medomakarts.org/medomak-arts-programs/. Follow Medomak Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAPMedomakArtsProject/.

Harley Bartlett: Casting a Wide Net in the Art World

Morning Outing“Morning Outing” by Harley Bartlett

A native New Englander, Harley Bartlett was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. He was recently elected to the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.

Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, is pleased to share some of Bartlett’s paintings, along with his thoughts about them.

Of his work “Morning Outing,” Bartlett says, “One of the aspects of Maine that I really love is seeing an old Windjammer or classic yacht making for sea. I am immediately removed to a distant time when such a sight was commonplace. There is a romance to an old sailing craft sadly unmatched by our modern vessels.”

Bartlett is a New Englander in home, heritage and spirit. An early interest in drawing led him to pursue a career in painting. His work demonstrates a breadth of talent that includes the landscapes and maritime paintings we exhibit in the gallery, as well as portraiture and murals.

Bartlett recently painted the official portrait of former Rhode Island Governor Carcieri.  His murals grace the walls (or ceilings) of such disparate venues as churches and  synagogues, restaurants and private homes.

Winding River“Winding River” by Harley Bartlett

“New England is known for the many rivers that wend their way through its fields, villages and cities on the path to the sea,” Bartett says of his painting “Winding River.” “This timeless view of a river’s turn looks off to old agricultural fields with a small herd of cows and a hint of a distant town.  A small path along the river’s edge entices the viewer to enter.” 

For more information Barlett’s works and Bayview Gallery, visit http://www.bayviewgallery.com/

Chance meeting near Fairy Beach, ME brings Pinhole Photographers Together

NewThe Tulsa Artists’ Coalition in OK is pleased to present “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue with Amy Rockett-Todd and Antonia Small” from April 1 through April 30, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to meet both artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, April 30.  The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the M. B. Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.

A chance meeting in the woods near Fairy Beach in Maine brought these two pinhole photographers together. As they describe it, “…we found ourselves stepping into a visual dialogue that would span almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. We began this project in April 2013 on Worldwide Pinhole Day, shooting images specific to each one’s own artistic vision as well as reflecting the contrast between the flatlands of Oklahoma and the rugged coast of Maine. Each image includes a back story which is a personal account of the experiences of discovery and image capture which are included in the self-published book on the Baker’s Dozen Project.” This exhibit will be up during Worldwide National Pinhole Day April 24th.

Amy Rockett-Todd, a native of North Carolina, has been living and working as a designer, studio art and photographer in the flatlands of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her professional life working with local architecture firms as well as an environmental graphics and signage design firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Studio Arts Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current art explores the relationships between the hand and technology through alternative photographic processes and traditional black and white film photography.

Antonia Small is a stage performer turned photographer who has lived in Paris and New York, but now calls the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine home. She holds a B.A. from Vermont College, certificates from the SALT Center for Documentary Studies and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Influenced by her theater and dance performance training, Toni likens the frame of her twin-lens to a proscenium arch. She is equally interested by the mystery of a ten-minute performance exposure in front of her pinhole camera, or the “happening” of submerging her camera underwater.

“Art of the Hand-Pulled Print: Peregrine Press at 25”

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Peregrine Press will present a 25th anniversary exhibition of fine art prints at the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library from May 6 though June 25, 2016, featuring 49 works by current and former members. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m, as well as a First Friday reception on June 3, from 5-8 p.m.

The artwork will showcase a wide variety of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques and highlight a commitment to non-toxic processes.

Printmaking tools and materials, with explanations of printmaking terminology and techniques, will be on display. Portions of both Peregrine Press portfolios, “First Impressions” from 2008 and “Local Conditions” from 2013, will also be shown. A short film will feature interviews of Press founders, other members, footage of artists working in the studio, and demonstrations of various printmaking techniques.

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On Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, the Press will host a panel discussion on the evolution of contemporary printmaking, titled “Pressing Onward, the Hand Pulled Print in a Digital World,” at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library. Moderated by Larinda Meade and Kate Cheney Chappell of the Peregrine Press, participants include Karen Adrienne of Circling the Square Press in Gardiner, ME, Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA and Sid Hurwitz of the Boston Printmakers.

A full color catalog will be available for sale at the opening. The catalog will include a history of the Press, images from the exhibition, and feature essays by Bruce Brown, curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Smith College Museum of Art.

Leading up to the exhibition, on Saturday, April 23, Peregrine Press members will share printmaking demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for the public at the Portland Public Library Maker’s Fair, from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Peregrine Press is located in the Bakery Building on Pleasant Street in Portland, Maine.

This exhibition is funded by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Horizon Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.peregrinepress.com/

“Home Grown” exhibit at MFT Gallery

MFT-PostcardFrom April 4 through May 30, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is exhibiting black and white photographs, paintings, mixed media works and an artist book which all tie together around the common theme of farming families in Maine.

On the ground floor is a photographic documentary by Collin Howell who, over the course of three years, became a frequent guest at Winterberry Farm. Her photo series, “Sage,” shows us life on a family farm through the eyes of a young girl, whose only home has been this land that sustains her. “What makes this body of work so successful is the palpable intimacy that the photographer developed with this family,” says MFT Gallery curator Anna Abaldo. “She was able to be present without being intrusive, giving us a very close look into the family’s daily life. It’s as if we ourselves are standing in the kitchen while the bread is being kneaded; as if we ourselves are trailing behind Sage as she does her farm chores.”

The second floor showcases three different painters – Leslie Harris, Maxwell Nolin and Pat Wheeler – along with book artist Abbie Read.

Leslie Harris, from Abraham’s Goat Farm in Newport, is showing a new body of work consisting of portraits of family members past and present, which string together like a veritable farm-family tree. Great grandmothers standing proudly in front of a lush vegetable garden are represented alongside the artist’s own grandchildren, gathered together in the living room on a sunny afternoon on the farm.

Maxwell Nolin, new on the Belfast art scene and new to MFT Gallery, is also a farmer: he and his partner Hannah grow vegetables for the Belfast Coop on Harrow Down Farm in Brooks. Like Leslie Harris, he paints other farming family and friends in his environment, yet with a surrealistic, dreamlike twist.

Pat Wheeler is not a farmer, but very connected to her farming community in the Blue Hill and Deer Isle area, which she portrays in her mixed media works. She titled this recent body of work “The Hunger for Connection,” showing that farmers in her area are meeting two needs simultaneously, by growing food and community. Many of her larger works incorporate what she refers to as “bundles ” – gathered bits and pieces of nature that she wraps, stitches, glues and waxes together. “They are something sacred,” says Wheeler, “each bundle like a kernel of the whole land.”

Abbie Read created a large artist book in honor of her niece Morgan, who farmed on Matinicus Island last year, from April until November. She shares: “The pages of the book are the grain bags that accumulated as my niece Morgan fed her pigs, hens and ducks. She is the fifth generation to farm in our family, in some way, beginning with my grandmother’s father.”

The artists will be present for an artist talk on Friday May 27, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception during Belfast’s first art walk this season, from 5:30-8pm. All are welcome. For more information please visit www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

 

 

Pemaquid Group of Artists announces Call for Artists

Pemaquid GalleryThe Pemaquid Group of Artists is announcing a Call for Artists for the 2016 season to exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park.  Interested applicants will be asked to fill out a short application form and to submit three framed pieces of work accompanied by a short bio.
The jurying will take place on Saturday April 23rd in the morning.  If you are interested,  and reside in any of these areas, Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, New Harbor, Bremen or Newcastle, please call the Board President Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974 for further details and information. All media are welcome.
Opening for the season is scheduled for June 6th with a  public reception held the evening before at the Gallery.