Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery


MFT Gallery’s yearly small works show is featuring many new artists from all over the state this year. The resulting exhibit is a cheerful collection of landscapes, figurative work, and more abstracted imagery related to our rural culture. Artists included in this show are: Katherine Churchill, Julie Crane, Julie Cyr, Lisa Dellwo, Maureen Egan, Lindsay Hancock, Terry Hire, Elizabeth Hope, Sheep Jones, Margaret LaFarge, James Macdonald, Leslie Moore, Petrea Noyes, DiTa Ondek, Elizabeth Ostrander, Daniel Paulding, Kathy Perelka, Robin Rier, Charlotte Sawtelle, Kathryn Shagas, Meg Shields, Erin Smith, Mary Louise Town Jaqua, Jude Valentine and others.
Holiday Art Walk & Reception Friday December 4, 5:30-8pm
The show is on display from November 20 – January 4, 2016

Group Show “Celebrate! A Local Remix” at Greenhut This Month

PinesDavid Driscoll’s “Pines,” oil on canvas

“Celebrate! A Local Remix” is a group show of new work by 23 artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland from November 5 to 28.

The participating artists are Joel Babb, Matt Blackwell, David Campbell, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Robert Hamilton,Mark Herrington, J.Thomas R. Higgins, William Irvine, George Lloyd, Alan Magee, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Roger Prince, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, and Mike Stiler.

AutumnMatt Blackwell’s “Autumn,” oil on canvas

Greenhut Galleries, at 146 Middle Street in Portland, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 772-2693

Rockland’s Last Art Walk for 2015 is Nov. 6!

gray fox galleryGray Fox Gallery at 429 Main St., above, is a participant in First Friday Art Walks.

The last Art Walk in downtown Rockland for 2015 will take place on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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

For more information including a list of participating galleries and a map, visit

“Pairings” Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 6 at CMCA

Benjamin Rush, fuel pumpsBenjamin Rush, “Fuel Pumps,” Lambda c-print

“Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Photography Collection” organized by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will open November 6 at a temporary exhibition venue at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street, Rockland. The public is invited to a free reception and gallery talk on Saturday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

CMCA, in conjunction with The University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor, is presenting a two-part exhibition celebrating one of Maine’s most significant photography collections as part of the year-long Maine Photo Project featuring 39 exhibitions by 32 institutions statewide.

Bruce Brown, CMCA’s curator emeritus, began collecting works by Maine photographers in earnest in 1989. Thirty-six photographs from his collection are featured in the CMCA exhibition and thirty photographs are in the UMMA show. Directors Suzette McAvoy of CMCA and George Kinghorn from UMMA each made an initial selection of photographs and asked Brown to. pair their choices visually or thematically in a unique “call and response” collaboration between curators and collector.

Scott Peterman  NYScott Peterman, “NY 9/6 2007,” archival pigment print

At Dowling Walsh, the CMCA  selections include works by John Goodman, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Jocelyn Lee,  Rose Marasco, Scott Peterman, Peter Ralston and Todd Watts among others.

At UMMA, 30 featured artists include David Hilliard, Kris Larson, Claire Seidl, David Brooks Stess and Joyce Tenneson. The UMMA exhibition opened October 2 and will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Saturday through December 31.

The CMCA exhibition at Dowling Walsh will run through December 19, 2015 from 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 through 28, reopening December 1. Admission is free of charge. For more information, visit

Burton Silverman’s Landscapes + Portraits on View at Haynes

Painting on Route 52Burton Silverman’s “Painting on Route 52,” oil on canvas

As part of Haynes Galleries’ exhibition extension into the fall season in Maine, a selection of legendary contemporary Realist Burton Silverman’s landscapes and portraits are now on view. A renowned portrait, Silverman has been heralded for his ability to capture the human form and especially the face. His portraits don’t just capture the likeness of the sitter, but also hint at the humanity behind the face.

Silverman often shows the viewer an intimate scene where they can empathize with his subject. In his sixty-year career he has won nearly fifty awards and has been elected to the National Academy of Design.

Silverman been painting and exhibiting as a painter for 60 years. He has had had 33 solo shows across the country including venues in New York, Boston, Philadelphia ,Washington, D.C,., San Francisco, Maine and Nashville TN  He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Butler Midyear Annuals.

Alabama SpringBurton Silverman’s “Alabama Spring,” oil on canvas

He has won 37 major prizes and awards from several of these annual exhibitions and the National Academy Museum has honored him with 9 awards including the Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965. His paintings are represented in twenty-seven public collections including the Arkansas Art Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Columbus Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

His work is included in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and Europe. Since 1993 he has lectured in museums and university graduate programs on the nature of 21st Century Realism. and written articles extensively on the same subject matter.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. For the Fall, gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit 

“A Harvest of Color: New Works by Ann Trainor Domingue”

Fresh Air“Fresh Air” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Ann Trainor Domingue, as our first off-season show in our Bayview Street alcove gallery.

Always a fearless innovator, Trainor Domingue has pushed her recent work into new textural territory. By incorporating acrylic-saturated fabric scraps into her exquisitely pigmented canvases, she has enlivened the compositions. There is now a heightened tension between the flat picture plane and the deeper space of the figurative imagery.

Once a high-powered graphic designer in the world of advertising, Ann departed the corporate bubble for the freedom of an artistic life not directed by clients, budget, and efficiency. Now able to pursue her own personal iconic imagery, Trainor Domingue has elevated her common subject matter to an otherworldly status. The viewer now becomes an active participant in this shared experience of transcending the mundane.

Ann describes her working process: “The foundation is laid but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it – reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times it’s color that does the heavy lifting.”

In “At the End of the Day,” Ann’s new way of working with fabric comes to the fore. Vertical rhythms march across an idealized dockside scene at sunset. The artist even uses the threads unraveling to suggest rope on a tied dory that she has cut, shaped, and painted. Through subtle overlays of glaze, the delicate twilight shades emerge. The fabric piers and accented rooflines give the piece an ordered geometric character.

A larger work, “Morning has Broken,” explodes like an appliqued Roman candle. Patterns printed on the fabric interact with thick, exuberant brushwork. Thinner veils of color overlay the fabric, blending it into the lakeside landscape. Rectangular cloth accents fall through the frontal space, teasing our perspective.

Ann writes, “Initially I used small torn pieces [of fabric] as a way to add my signature to my coarse textured acrylic paintings… then things went from there and I started using the scrap pieces as color strokes in my work.” She adds, “I am pushed to select colors that will work with the scrap selected initially by someone else. I like this idea of recycling, repurposing, and rethinking, and how they have contributed to this new series.”

“A Harvest of Color” will be on view in the Bayview Street alcove through mid-November, while “Four Seasons With Stefan” is on display in the main gallery at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (207) 470-7027.

“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions”

compiled_1_jpg_670x560_q85“Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Three Visions” is now on display at  the beautiful Cape Ann Museum in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts through February 28, 2016.

The exhibition of paintings and prints are by Jeff Weaver, Don Gorvett, and the late Peter Vincent. During the early 1970s, the lives of Weaver, Gorvett and Vincent converged in Gloucester.The three had each studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and for a time, Don and Jeff shared studio space in an apartment building on the Fort; Peter, who lived in Rockport, was a frequent visitor.

For each artist, Gloucester’s hardscrabble working waterfront was the attraction. Struggling to recover from the ravages of urban renewal while at the same time weathering the slow steady demise of the city’s fishing industry, Gloucester Harbor in the early 1970s was a gold mine for the three artists.

Today, Jeff Weaver maintains a studio in Gloucester. After painting signs and murals, in the 1990s he focused his attention on watercolor and oil. Weaver has received numerous awards, including Marine Gallery at Mystic Seaport “Best in Show,” and Guild of Boston Artists “Silver Medal.” Don Gorvett currently lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, having maintained a studio in Gloucester for many years.

He excels at the exacting art of reduction wood block printing and is a dedicated teacher. In 2013, Mr. Gorvett was awarded a medal for his lifetime achievements in the arts by Salem State University. Before passing away in 2012, Peter Vincent had gained a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. In 1986 Peter was honored with the coveted Mystic Invitational award for excellence in painting.

A series of programs will be offered in connection with this exhibition. Further information will be released as it becomes available. Related programs include Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m., The Art & Life of Peter Vincent: A Gallery Talk with Eoin Vincent; Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m., Jeff Weaver Gallery Talk; Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m., Don Gorvett Gallery Talk; Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m., A Conversation with Eoin Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett

Gallery talks are free for Museum members / $10 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited, reservations required: (978) 283-0455 x10. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Updates and details are available at

“And Then There Were Five” at DIAA


The Deer Isle Artists Association is pleased to announce its new show, “And Then There Were Five.” Judith Felch, Diane Maguire Horton, David Kofton, Deborah Lofton, and Anne C. Williams bring their individual colors and styles to the gallery through  November 8.

Local sculptor and painter David Kofton celebrates the female figure in both mediums, and he is known to be particularly adept at capturing the emotions of women in his art. Judith Felch utilizes texture, light, color, and shape to arrive at images that are visually appealing. She typically begins her designs in plein air, along the rugged terrain of midcoast Maine, and completes them in the comfort of her studio, in order to bring inspiration and artistic spirit to the finished product.

Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. The Gallery is open regularly on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (207) 348-2330 for more information.

Artists Explore Favorite Places in Maine + Greece

TrussTom Glover’s “Truss Abstraction in Blues, Brave Boat Harbor,” oil

Artists often create a body of work around a specific idea or theme and such is the case in the exhibitions currently on view at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery.  Painter Tom Glover, from Rollinsford, New Hampshire has chosen Brave Boat Harbor for his focus and Portland based artist Judith Allen-Efstathiou studies the wild flowers that grow along an ancient path in Greece. These two solo shows are on view through November 15th.

Tom Glover first exhibited at the York gallery in the spring of 1996 with a solo show called “Brave Boat Harbor and Other Views.” Since then he has been a regular exhibitor and it is appropriate to mark the gallery’s 20th anniversary year with another solo exhibition, this time titled “Brave Boat Harbor Revisited.”

Brave Boat Harbor is a favorite destination for boaters and walkers. It is a sheltered harbor, with shores in York and Kittery. The entrance to this protected harbor is laced with rocks and shoals thus it takes a “brave boat” to navigate safely through.  The harbor is surrounded by Rachel Carson conservation land. It is a very wild and natural landscape. The only reminder of human impact is the remains of the wooden trusses that once supported a rail- road and trolley line.

Glover has worked diligently for the past year and a half in preparation for this showing, spending many hours exploring the area from various vantage points, times of year and times of day. As a result there is great variety among the nearly forty works on exhibit. There are long distant views of the mud flats at low tide, close up views of the line of rail road trusses, and ‘portraits’ of seagulls and other wild life that make the harbor their home.

Like his former teacher and mentor John Laurent, the artist alternates between landscape and abstraction. Glover often refers to the importance of Laurent’s influence on his work. This is most evident in his abstract paintings where he uses a signature day-glow orange paint for a punctuating effect.

Since graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1984, Glover has committed himself to painting. He has continued his studies through numerous artist residencies both in the United States and Europe. “He is one of the gallery’s most popular artists,” says curator Mary Harding “and we are delighted to share this most recent body of work with our visitors.”

Judith Allen-Efstathiou spends half the year in Greece and the other half in Portland, Maine. She maintains studios and actively exhibits and teaches in both places.

Mapping2Judith Allen-Efstathiou’s “Mapping the Walk, June” print on mulberry paper

Her solo exhibition is titled “Mapping the Walk” and consists of a series of gouache, graphite and ink drawings that document the wildflowers that grow along an ancient 5th century BC footpath on the Island of Kea, Greece. With the threat of the path being paved over, the artist documents the plants month by month, not so much as a recording for posterity but as an act of protest and mourning. An accompanying video shows the ancient path with the artist sketching on site. Her interest in documenting loss in the natural world caused by human activities is a common theme in her work.  An early body of her work concerns the demise of the Elm trees in the city of Portland.

The exhibitions continue through November 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road,. For more information, visit

“Four Seasons With Stefan Pastuhov” at Camden Falls Gallery

Hips%20and%20Valleys,%20Mtn%20St,%20Camden%20%2014x11Stefan Pastuhov’s “Hips and Valleys” (Mountain Street, Camden), oil on panel

Camden Falls Gallery in Camden is pleased to feature “Four Seasons With Stefan Pastuhov.” As a followup to last winter’s “Snowed in With Stefan,” these paintings capture Maine across all the seasons. Local plein air painter Stefan Pastuhov is an avid outdoorsman who loves the beauty of changing light and seasons. The dramatic and almost spiritual vistas that surround him offer an unlimited subject matter on which to draw. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine any time of the year,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint.

“Since moving to Maine almost 30 years ago I have been surrounded by beauty,” says Pastuhov. “Whether in the mountains, amidst rural farms, or on the coast, landscapes abound. Throughout the seasons each site I paint offers an individuality and uniqueness special to the state of Maine. I paint outside on location, and that makes each day new – be it overcast or sunny, snowy or green, ablaze with fall colors or barren of leaves, every location I paint is constantly changing.”

Orland%20VillageStefan Pastuhov’s “Orland Village”, oil on canvas

In this collection, the scenes include the foliage of autumn, snow-covered woods, the awakening of spring, and of course, the bustling harbors of summer.  From back roads to harbors to the islands and the hills of Katahdin, Stefan takes you through Maine in all its glory, in all its seasons. We know you’ll recognize many of the picturesque locations found even within the artist’s own backyard.

“Four Seasons with Stefan Pastuhov” will be on view in the gallery throughout November. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily.  Gallery hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday. For more information, contact us at or call (207) 470-7027.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material + Metaphor in the Arts of Africa”


900George Osodi’s “De Money series” no. 1, Fuji crystal archival print

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” opened at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick on October 15. The exhibit will run through March 6, 2016.

The first major pan-African art exhibition in Maine, Earth Matters also represents the first major exhibition to explore how African artists have used their work over the course of two centuries to mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days. Organized by Karen E. Milbourne, Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition brings together approximately 50 exceptional works of art, created by artists from seventeen African nations, from the turn of the 19th century, when the international slave trade became illegal, to the present.

The show uses five thematic sections to demonstrate the different ways in which the earth is interpreted through art: The Material Earth, Power of the Earth, Imagining the Underground, Strategies of the Surface, and Art as Environmental Action. These categories provide vantage points from which to examine the poignant relationships expressed by African artists to the land, whether it be to earth as sacred, medicinal, discoverable, or vulnerable.

The exhibition brings together two centuries of art inspired by both the physical and cultural African landscape. It includes pieces by internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and diaspora who draw on the land for inspiration, such as Sammy Baloji, Christine Dixie, Hassan Echair, Ingrid Mwangi, William Kentridge, George Osodi, Georgia Pappageorge, Jo Ratcliffe, Berni Searle, and Tchif. Historic works comprise a broad range of sculptural and two-dimensional objects that include reliquary guardian figures from Gabon, healing figures from the Republic of the Congo, vessels from Cameroon; masks and personal sumptuary from central and western Africa, and religious and political staffs from across Africa.

“We, each of us, make choices everyday that relate to the land beneath our feet,” said Milbourne. “Where we come from informs who we consider ourselves to be. What we throw out affects what this land of ours will be in the future. These issues are not African; they are global, but looking through the lens of Africa we can all better understand the human relationship to the landscape and its significance to the history of African art.”

“We are proud to bring this important exhibition of African art to Bowdoin College,” remarked Bowdoin College Museum of Art Co-Director, Anne Collins Goodyear. “It provides an important perspective on how artists have negotiated their changing relationship to the land for over two centuries, and provides insight not only into the pan-African histories, but also into concerns familiar to American audiences grappling with how the meaning of the land around us has evolved over time.” Co-Director Frank Goodyear continues: “We are increasingly reminded of the vast reach of our international networks, both physical and virtual. Earth Matters returns our focus to the power of the ground beneath our feet while also demonstrating the political, spiritual, and aesthetic claims it has on the imagination in Africa as well as here in Maine.”

A fully illustrated catalogue by Karen Milbourne, with contributions by George Osodi, whose work appears in the exhibition, and other leading contemporary artists, accompanies the exhibition and is available at the museum shop.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” is organized by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Major sponsorship for Earth Matters has been provided by the government of the Gabonese Republic. Additional support was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Consortia for Valuing World Cultures and for Understanding the American Experience. At Bowdoin the exhibition is presented through the generosity of the Davis Family Foundation, the Grace L. Barney Residual Trust, the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, and the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund.’

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, located at 9400 College Street, is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Art Space Gallery Opening on Nov. 6

J. Wright Booggie Woogie IIJ. Wright, “Boogie Woogie”

Art Space Gallery in Rockland  is having an opening reception on First Friday, November 6th, from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to see new work by all 19 gallery artists.

This month gallery artists were given the challenge to create work that is abstract. Come visit and enjoy the wide interpretation in medium and style of this interesting subject.

The range of styles and the quality of the artwork by Maine based artists bring return customers time and again to Art Space Gallery. Join these art appreciators between 5 and 8 pm on Friday,November 6th, and share a glass of wine with many of the artists.

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

Ocean House Gallery Displays Anne Ireland + Julie Freund

0a63881c-0cf0-4ce5-86a6-9c7316fedd32The art of Anne Ireland and Julie Freund is on display a Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth  through November 21.

“My paintings are the result of observation informed by imagination–a place where the iconic is seen in the emotional context of mystery and surprise, ” said Ireland. “There is a powerful energy when sky meets ground. To intensify that connection I strive to create a psychologically-nuanced atmosphere of unexpected color, giving it depth and consequence.”

Said Freund, “My work is an exploration of my passion for color and light in the Maine landscape. I have returned repeatedly to a handful of special places in Maine that offer inspiration. Many of these places are along the coast, and I am especially drawn to the dynamic tension created where the land meets the sea.”

The Gallery is located at 299 Ocean House Road. For more information, check out

Giarrano’s Work on Show at Haynes Galleries

1198f4d59558c08ccf11bbe0b7bd6f5dVincent Giarrano, “Lauren WK,” oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches

Vincent Giarrano’s quietly engaging scenes of urban life are now on display at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston for the Fall. Giarrano  sees the natural, simple narratives in scenes like a woman locking up her shop for the night or indulging in an afternoon nap and captures them on canvas. He describes his work as a combination of portrait and genre scenes, akin to Andrew Wyeth’s iconic work.

Vincent Giarrano paints what others might consider mundane, everyday events but treats them with such honesty and sincerity that they are transformed into timeless moments. Working in the Realist tradition, Vincent explores the softer and quieter moments of modern urban living. His figures are often seen enjoying a tranquil introspective moment, whether on the streets of New York City or in their own apartments. With a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, Vincent attempts to tap into his subjects’ thoughts, feelings and personalities.

Haynes Galleries is now open through the Fall months on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11-4 p.m.

Ken Foster: The Portrait Project

Ken Foster

For the First Friday Artwalk on November 6, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, will open KEN FOSTER: The Portrait Project. The show is a two week exhibition that will run through Saturday, November 21. It will feature the portraits of many local people. Ken Foster is an architectural designer and artist living in Camden, Maine. He paints in oils, acrylics, gouache, and especially loves the spontaneous and exciting experience of painting with watercolor. He has traveled extensively and has written and painted his way through many journals observing rural and urban landscapes all over the world.

Ken made his debut  last year in our “Us and Them” portrait show and then followed that up with three intriguing and unique landscapes depicting the restoration of the Beech Nut building on Beech Hill in Rockport. This was a popular benefit show for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. This year he has his own show “The Portrait Project – 250 friends. 250 Portraits. One year.” All 250 portraits will be presented.

“The idea for The Portrait Project actually started about 2 years ago,” said Foster. “I had been painting and drawing lots of landscapes and urban environments but I found myself really struggling with drawing people and getting my people to “fit” into my paintings. So I started drawing more people and faces when I was out sketching at bars, restaurants, on buses and trains, when traveling, and I was going to life drawing classes regularly.”

“One night in November 2013, while I was watching TV, I picked up my computer tablet and saw a photo of a friend on Facebook that I thought I would try to sketch.” Foster continued. “I opened a drawing app on the same tablet and split screened it so I could draw while looking at the Facebook friend. Within 30 minutes I had exercised my ability to draw the likeness of a person’s face, made a pretty decent sketch that I thought my friend would enjoy, and felt that I learned a little more about my friend as I was drawing them. That first sketch gave me the idea to draw and paint more friends on a more regular basis and maybe even share them if I thought they were good enough. A few more months went by and I had done a few more portraits and was beginning to notice an improvement but I still struggled and often failed at getting the likenesses I was hoping for.”

Foster said  in October 2015, he had completed 218 portraits. Somewhere along the way he realized I wasn’t going to make it in a year but that wasn’t really the point for him. It was about getting better and on that mark this project has surpassed his expectation, Foster said.

‘I have grown by leaps and bounds as an artist and painter as a result of doing the Portrait Project. Enjoy the show!” he added.

Carver Hill Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment by calling (207) 594-7745.

“Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from Paul G. Allen Family Collections”

Monet_Nympheas-exhibition-featureClaude Monet’s “Le bassin aux nymphéas,” 1919, oil on canvas,

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present a major exhibition exploring the evolution of European and American landscape painting. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” features 39 paintings from five centuries of masterpieces drawn from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The exhibit is at PAM through January 20, 2016.

Co-organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, the exhibition presents masterpieces spanning nearly four hundred years, from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s series devoted to the five senses to Canaletto’s celebrated views of Venice to landscapes by innovators ranging from Joseph Mallord William Turner, Paul Cézanne, and Gustav Klimt to David Hockney and Gerhard Richter. Paintings by Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, and others provide an American perspective on landscapes at home and abroad. Seeing Nature includes five Impressionist canvases painted in France, London, and Venice by the French master Claude Monet.

“Seeing Nature offers an extraordinary opportunity to perceive the world through the gaze of some of the most important artists in history,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, who is curating the exhibition in Portland. “These masterpieces have never before been on display together. Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists, and his willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors offers an unprecedented chance to be inspired by works of art.”

The exhibition premiered at the Portland Art Museum on October 10, 2015. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

The Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection are co-organizing a major exhibition exploring the evolution of European and American landscape painting. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” will feature 39 paintings from five centuries of masterpieces drawn from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. It will be at PAM through January 10, 2016.

Co-organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, the exhibition presents masterpieces spanning nearly four hundred years, from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s series devoted to the five senses to Canaletto’s celebrated views of Venice to landscapes by innovators ranging from Joseph Mallord William Turner, Paul Cézanne, and Gustav Klimt to David Hockney and Gerhard Richter. Paintings by Thomas Moran, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, and others provide an American perspective on landscapes at home and abroad. Seeing Nature includes five Impressionist canvases painted in France, London, and Venice by the French master Claude Monet.

“Seeing Nature offers an extraordinary opportunity to perceive the world through the gaze of some of the most important artists in history,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, who is curating the exhibition in Portland. “These masterpieces have never before been on display together. Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists, and his willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors offers an unprecedented chance to be inspired by works of art.”

The exhibition premiered at the Portland Art Museum on October 10. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

For more information, visit the museum’s website

PMA Biennial Exhibit Says “You Can’t Get There From Here”

Brett-BigbeeWork of Brett Bigbee featured in this year’s biennial

Opening October 8, “You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial” highlights Maine’s artistic legacies in the making. Curated by Alison Ferris, this year’s Biennial provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of Maine’s contemporary art scene. The exhibition will be on view through January 3, 2016.

Ferris’ career has spanned more than 20 years, and included positions at institutions throughout Maine and the country. She is currently the Curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she has organized critically acclaimed exhibitions, including the “kids are all right: an exhibition about family and photography” and “Toward Textiles.”

“We are so honored to work with Alison on this year’s Biennial. She is a curator of uncommon depth of knowledge about contemporary art, whose unique perspective and sensitivity towards the art and artists of Maine have given her incredible insight into the possibilities for this exhibition,” says PMA Chief Curator Jessica May.

As the 2015 PMA Biennial began to take shape, Ferris became captivated by the beloved Maine saying, “you can’t get there from here,” and found inspiration in the parallels between the phrase and the creative process of visual artists. This inspiration influenced a diverse collection of artworks for the Biennial that presents a comprehensive and cohesive narrative about the state and the artists connected to it.

“You Can’t Get There From Here” is the ninth Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art. Funded through the generous bequest of William E. Thon, the PMA Biennial is intended to highlight artists with meaningful connections to Maine and enrich the cultural lives of the people of the state. Thirty-two artists are included in this year’s exhibit.

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34 Maine Artists Featured in “A Survey of Computer Use in Art”

untitled“River Park” by Bruce Armstrong

“A Survey of Computer Use in Art,” an exhibition featuring the work of over 34 Maine artists, will show the various ways in which computers, software or other digital tools are being use to create art. The exhibit will be on view at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from November 6 through 28 with an opening reception on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

”A Survey of Computer Use in Art” resulted from an open call for Maine artist who use computers, software or other digital tools to make their art and was juried by Petrea Noyes and Harlow staff members, Allison McKeen and Deborah Fahy.  Out of 95 submissions, 58 works of art will be included in the final show.

untitled2“Connect 4D (Blue Ice)” by Jeff Woodbury

Participating artists are: Augusta: L. Hubbard, Gary Levine, Mary Becker Weiss, Students from Cony High School and University of Maine. Bangor: Gabby Farley Bath: Valerie Michael, Belgrade: Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick, Falmouth: Annie Darling. Farmingdale: Richard Fortin, Farmington: Channa Schroff, Gardiner: Allison McKeen, Hallowell: Karen Jordan Allen, Hampden: Andrea Rickards, Hermon: Bradley Chelberg, Jefferson: Suzanna Lasker, Liberty: Kerstin Engman, Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes, Manchester: Bruce Armstrong, Ethan Guillemette, Millinocket: Benjamin Hutchins, Northport: Terry Hire, Old Town: Christiana Becker, Orono: Megan Ogden, Jim Winters, Owls Head: Rick Perry, Pittston: Scott Minzy, Portland: David Wade, Richmond: Ruthanne Harrison, South Portland: Damir Porobic, Jeff Woodbury, Waterville: Peter Jude Hubiak, Winthrop: Carol-Lynn Rossel.

“A Survey of Computer Use in Art” has been made possible by Blue Marble Geographics of Hallowell. For more information, call (207) 622-3813.

Dowling Walsh Shows Bartlett’s “Promised Land” + More

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Bo Bartlett’s “Promised Land” and other paintings are now on view at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

For nearly three decades, artist Bo Bartlett has been celebrated as one of the best contemporary realist painters in America. Dividing his time between island homes and studios on both coasts, Bartlett creates distinctive, hauntingly beautiful paintings that reflect his deep appreciation for living close to nature, and his fascination with discovering the mysterious in the everyday.

Inspired by scenes and individuals from his personal life—including his frequent model and muse, his wife, artist Betsy Eby—Bartlett’s exquisitely drawn and crafted paintings reveal his rigorous academic training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and under the tutelage of well-known portrait artist Nelson Shanks. Additional studies in fresco painting in Florence, Italy and in anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine inform his aesthetic practice. Perhaps most compelling, however, is recognition of Bartlett’s background as a filmmaker on his approach to painting and his development as an artist.

In 1986, Bartlett graduated from New York University’s film school and shortly thereafter was offered the job of making a documentary on the life and work of artist Andrew Wyeth. For the next five years, Bartlett spent nearly every day with Wyeth. “Making the film, Snow Hill,” he says, “gave me the opportunity to learn from Andrew. It allowed me the opportunity to learn why he painted, and to ask him what motivated him, and how he stayed motivated. The process of making the film opened a door to my own life and my own path.”

Cinematically composed and skillfully edited, Bartlett’s narrative paintings are often mysterious in their intention; they suggest rather than instruct. While he admires history painting on the grand scale of Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, he eschews their didactic tone. Instead, he says, his objective “is striking the chord of mystery that is being grappled with.”

The gallery is located at 365 Main Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday by appointment. For more information, call (207) 596.0084.

Paintings of Roger Dale Brown on View at Haynes Galleries

rogerBrown-PemaquidPoint-Large2Roger Dale Brown’s “Pemaquid Point,” oil on linen

Roger Dale Brown’s paintings of Maine’s glorious coastlines are now on view at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston through autumn.

Roger has been visiting Maine for years and he returns every summer to paint. For his larger canvases —many reaching 5 feet in length— he combines source materials like oil studies, careful notes, and photographs & videos. These larger paintings lead to a more immersive experience. Viewers feel the warmth of the sun and hear the creak of the dock below their feet when they look upon Roger’s paintings. Haynes Galleries is now open through the Fall months on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston. Gallery hours are 10 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit or email