“Spring Tonic” Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

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The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will hold an Open House on First Friday, May 1st.   On exhibit is “Spring Tonic”, a group show of paintings and sculpture by selected gallery artists. These artists include Cicely Aikman (Am.1923-2013) late of Friendship, Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC, Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston, Elizabeth O’Reilly of Brooklyn NY, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Dan West of Friendship, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. The exhibit runs through May 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday, 12-4. For further information please call the gallery at 594 5935.

Anne Heywood Published in Pastel Journal Magazine

“The Pastel Journal,” an art publication dedicated to the pastel painting medium, has published “The Critical Eye” by artist Anne Heywood in their June 2015 magazine. This three-page Skill Builders article focuses on the art critique and how to listen to and give one, and offers tips on how to identify problems with a painting-in-progress. Heywood is an American realist, author (“Pastels Made Easy”), and art instructor with over 25 years of experience. She is to be honored by the International Association of Pastels Societies this June with their designation of Eminent Pastelist, a title given to only two other artists worldwide to date. Heywood maintains studios in Waldoboro, Maine and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She shows her work in Maine at the seasonal Heywood Gallery, Waldoboro, and at Gifts at 136, Damarascotta. You can see her work online at /www.anneheywood.com

“Linda Packard: Intimate Views” at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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“A Summer Rhapsody,” by Linda Packard

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to announce they are hosting a solo exhibition for artist Linda Packard in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this spring. Linda Packard: Intimate Views will be on view at the Gardens from April 14 through June 16. There will be an opening reception and an artist’s talk on May 1, from 5–7 pm at their Education Center, which is located at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. The event is free and open to the public.

Intimate Views celebrates the arrival of spring with Packard’s expressive mark-making, rich and juicy paint, and a cacophony of surprising color like those found in A Summer Rhapsody, a centerpiece in the show. Although Packard is an en plein air painter, many of the vibrant works in the show were created during the bleak months of January and February this past winter. She used memory and sketches made during outings last summer. Packard, who works primarily outdoors from direct observation, is drawn to the intimate small-scale scenes often overlooked in the pursuit of sweeping vistas. Her energetic landscapes hover on the edge of abstraction, yet still embrace the essence of place.

Painting Workshop with Linda Packard at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

As part of the exhibition, Packard will offer a two-day en plein air workshop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29. Participants will meet at the Education Center and then work with Packard on the grounds, which should be ablaze with spring flowers. For more information on the workshop or to register, please call the Gardens at 207-633-4333, or visit their website at http://www.mainegardens.org.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. For more information on the show call them at 207-633-4333. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

 

KVAA Presents Art, Artisans & Creatives Fair at the Marketplace at Augusta

Jlynn Frazier Photography

“Joffre Cascade”, by Jlynn Frazier

The Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with The Marketplace at Augusta are presenting a weekend of fine arts, crafts and more on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015. We will be showcasing Maine creatives in the former Coldwater Creek Store (between Dress Barn & Old Navy) at 14 Stephen King Drive in The Marketplace at Augusta from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

This event is sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta, and we hear there will be many other special events that weekend in early celebration of Mothers and Mothers Day, including live music, a Zumba-thon, horse and carriage rides, karaoke, and a prize drawing for a shopping spree at the Marketplace at Augusta and more! At the Art, Artisan & Craft Show, we’ll have a prize drawing for five Maine made goods created by some of our participating artists.

CMCA Receives Quimby Family Foundation Grant

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announced that it will receive a $25,000 grant for operational support from the Quimby Family Foundation for 2015.

The arts organization has received several of the highly competitive awards from the Quimby Family Foundation in the past several years. In her notification letter, Hannah Quimby, the foundation’s executive director, wrote, “We look forward to continued partnership. We know that without your great work, we would not be able to move closer to the common vision that we share for the people and the state of Maine.”

Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in the state. In summer 2016, CMCA will move from its longtime home in Rockport to a newly constructed building in downtown Rockland, greatly expanding its programmatic outreach and visibility.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy said, “We are thrilled at the recognition by the Quimby Family Foundation of CMCA’s work in bringing an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene to new and wider audiences, especially schoolchildren and members of the younger generation.” She also stated that the foundation “has been instrumental in CMCA’s growth, and we are eternally grateful.”

CMCA will use the 2015 award to support increased curatorial and education staffing, positions that are critical to its mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

The Quimby Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist, with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

The Gallery at Somes Sound collaborates with Pritam & Eames

"The Moon's Light" by Wendell Castle

“The Moon’s Light” Stained Ash by Wendell Castle

… In addition to the artists and furniture makers that the Gallery at Somes Sound traditionally represents, this cooperative venture with Pritam & Eames puts us in touch with work by artist-craftsmen of international standing like Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie, and Garry Knox Bennett, among others. Both The Gallery at Somes Sound and Pritam & Eames share a long-term commitment to 21st-century fine art and fine furniture. We see our collaboration as a way to deepen this commitment by educating, stimulating and encouraging an appreciation of work by contemporary artists and artisans that represents the highest standard of artistry and skill.

For its inaugural show Pritam & Eames will exhibit the work of Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie and Garry Knox Bennett, three pre-eminent figures in the American studio furniture movement.

Bridge Gallery in Portland opens “Take Flight”

Bridge Gallery Take Flight

Bridge Gallery in Portland is proud to announce the opening of “Take Flight” on June 5th, 4 – 6 p.m. The theme “Take Flight” is interpreted by New England artists, including Kevin Beers, Valerie Birnhak, Ruth Claff, Pauline Delin, Dick Eaton, Alison Hill, Khat Mirzan, Judy Odonnell, Jane Parsons, Rhonda Pearle, Gary Perlmutter, Amy Williams. Each artist has their own unique vision and style. The show will be on display from June 5th – 30th, at Bridge Gallery, located at 568 Congress St. in the arts district of Portland. For more information visit BridgeGalleryPortland.com or call (207) 712-9499. Join Bridge Gallery as we “Take Flight”!

Open Call for outdoor sculpture: Vaughan Homestead Sculpture Garden

Vaughan Homestead Call for Artists

The Harlow Gallery and the Vaughan Homestead invite Maine artists to submit work for an exhibition of sculpture taking place on the grounds of The Vaughan Homestead at 2 Litchfield Road in Hallowell. We are seeking submissions of outdoor sculptural work from monumental to ephemeral.

The show will take place July 3 – August 29, 2015, with an opening date coinciding with that of the Harlow Gallery’s annual Summer Members’ Art Show and Sale on Friday, July 3rd, 5-8pm. The exhibition will be on view for Hallowell’s annual celebration, Old Hallowell Day on July 19th.

Email submissions are being accepted through Friday, May 15, 2015. Artists are encouraged to contact the Vaughan Homestead to arrange a site visit. Submissions will be reviewed by curatorial committee. Sales proceeds for sculptures sold will support two cultural cornerstones in Hallowell, the Vaughan Homestead Foundation and the Harlow Gallery. To arrange a site visit contact Kate Tremblay, Program Coordinator at (207) 622-9831 or katetremblay@vaughanhomestead.org.

Deadline for email submissions is 11 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015.

  • Eligibility – Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for transporting work to and from the Vaughan Homestead should their work be selected for inclusion in the exhibition. All sculptural media and sizes welcome, but the work must be able to withstand the elements for the duration of the show.

Note! — The grounds of the Vaughan Homestead are not gated or locked, though they are closed to the public when a program or event is not in session. The Vaughan Homestead Foundation cannot guarantee the security of the exhibited sculptures and will not be held responsible for stolen or damaged art work. Insurance is not provided. All artists must agree to these terms prior to exhibiting their work on the property.

For complete information and entry guidelines visit: http://harlowgallery.org/open-call-vaughan-homestead-sculpture-garden/

Pemaquid Art Gallery Call for Artists

Pemaquid Art Gallery

The Pemaquid Group of Artists announces a call for artists to exhibit the 2015 season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Point. Prospective members will be juried from interested artist residents of eligible townships, including Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle and Bremen. To confirm space availability, please call Board President Sally Loughridge (207) 644-1835 after Friday, April 3rd. The work of submitting artists will be juried on Saturday, April 18th. Each candidate will be asked to complete a short application and to submit three framed original artworks and resume.

The opening reception for the 87th season of the Pemaquid Art Gallery will be held on Sunday June 7th from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and view the gallery space filled with a wide variety of original works in watercolor, gouache, oil, pastel, acrylic, marquetry and sculpture.

Dunk The Junk Mural Unveiling at CMCA

Soda-tron Bombs at CMCA

Artists Mike Rich (Portland), Keo X-Men (Brooklyn, NY), and Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles) will paint a street-art style mural titled Sodatron Bombs at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Rich, Keo, and Vyal were also together at Miami Art Basel last December, where they painted a “Defeat Sodatron” mural at the Sol Box Fitness Club.

The mural is in support of Dunk The Junk, a local nonprofit established by pediatrician Kevin Strong. The organization’s goal is to help defeat childhood obesity and improve the eating habits and health of children and adults. Their approach involves a counter-culture movement that reaches out to kids via graffiti/street art and hip-hop. CMCA director Suzette McAvoy believes the Dunk The Junk campaign is a “great example of using the power of the arts to communicate across demographics, to bring awareness, and to motivate change.”

The mural will be on view at CMCA through April 25. For more information, visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.

Bangor Artist Rachel Schiro Awarded Best of Show

"Party Bowls" by Rachel Schiro

“Party Bowls” by Rachel Schiro

At the Sixth Annual juried competition at the Longboat Key Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art, Sarasota FL., Bangor and Corea Artist, Rachel Schiro, was awarded the LBKCA award of excellence for her painting “Party Bowls.” Vicky Randall, nationally known sculptor and a faculty member at the Ringling College of Art and Design was the juror.

In Ms. Randall’s words:

“I’ve chosen the piece”Party Bowls”, an oil painting by Rachel Schiro, as best of show. It’s a small piece and could be overlooked as just a painting of bowls. However, this painting kept dragging me back into it’s surface. Every time I looked I saw something new. It is beautifully painted, circles, ellipses and volume being very difficult to pull off on a flat surface. The color palette has been deliberate and wise. The composition is cropped in such a way as to give us only enough information to make us wonder beyond the view.
What’s the rest of this story? We know it’s bright and sunny and there’s surely going to be a party! Were these bowls stored away and brought out for a special occasion? Were they stored in bubble wrap? What made the artist use bubble wrap as a painting device? “Party Bowls” leaves me with as many questions as answers……. which is, of course, what a good work of art should always do!”

New Paintings and First Show of the Season at Bayview Gallery

"After the Rain" by Barbara Applegate

“After the Rain” by Barbara Applegate

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is thinking Spring!

Though the ground is still snow-covered and we face the likelihood of another storm this evening, we have turned our focus toward the season of rebirth. With this welcome shift, we are delighted to announce an upcoming exhibit and to share several paintings with you that have recently arrived at the gallery.

We are excited to announce our first exhibit of the season, “Local Color 2015″. Running from April 1 to May 2, this show features four local artists painting the mid-coast.

A reception with the artists will be held Friday, April 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information visit Bayview Gallery at 58 Maine Street in Brunswick, email art@bayviewgallery.com or call (207) 729-5500.

Announcing “Harlow for the Hall” in Gardner

Harlow for the Hall in Gardiner

“Great Falls Plaza Lewiston/Auburn” by Cindy Rehagen Langewisch

In celebration of Johnson Hall’s 150th Anniversary, two central Maine arts nonprofits Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall proudly present “Harlow for the Hall”, an art exhibition showcasing fifty-two Maine artists at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner.

  • Opening reception on Friday, April 10 5 – 8 p.m., with complimentary refreshments and a cash bar.
  • Proceeds from art sales will benefit Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery – two cornerstones of arts and culture in central Maine with over 200 years of history between them.
  • There will be a second public reception during Gardiner’s spring Art Walk on Friday, May 1st.

Harlow for the Hall is on view during box office hours, Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., during events, and by appointment, call (207) 582-7144.

New work by Thomas Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Higgins at Greenhut Galleries

“On the Settlement Quarry” by Thomas Higgins

A plein air painter of the first degree, Tom Higgins balances both art and nature – the act of painting and the subject of his painting – in equal measure at the tip of his brush. His enthusiasm for his subject – usually a respectful view of a solitary Maine prospect – and his interest in technique, applying paint quickly before the moment passes, has propelled him to the front ranks of contemporary Maine landscape painters.

Greenhut Galleries is open year-round: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information email greenhut@maine.com or call (207) 772-2693.

 

Bearing Fruit: Art at the intersection of human and vegetable

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the “organic” image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3 – May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne Alexander Sculptor

Strawberries sculpture by Anne Alexander

Sculptor Anne Alexander’s ceramic forms are about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. Unique vegetables and fruits are sought out at farmers markets or in her own garden to model in clay. Vibrant reds enhance the voluptuousness of the larger-than-life fruits.

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“2457049.062500” by Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier’s sculptural work incorporates food, foraged natural materials, live plants and handmade objects. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and imaginings related to quickly shifting landscapes, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, and emerging and endangered life forms.

Jacinda Martinez is a young artist from the garment district in Brooklyn, NY, who has spent her last six years farming. She fashions elaborate dresses from otherwise discarded vegetable matter: broccoli stalks, bean vines, bolted lettuce. Her final product, much like a fashion shoot, is a series of elegant photographs of models clad in vegetables.

Julie H. Rose describes her intricate fiber art as “always about nature, or more clearly, of nature.” Her work mimics nature’s process and her experience of being in and observing nature. The materials she chooses feel organic and most of them—sheep’s wool, silk, cotton, linen—are. Says Rose: “I have the illusion that they whisper to me what they want to become.”

Bearing Fruit plays at the intersection of human form and plant forms, the interdependence of species, or better yet, inseparable-ness – as reflected in the physical sensuality of Alexander’s vegetables or the vulnerability of Martinez’ models wrapped in their vegetable-fiber dresses. On the most basic level, the imagery suggests that we all stem from the same source.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information about the MFT Gallery can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a member-powered statewide nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine.

UMMA Announces Spring Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in April. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s spring exhibitions will open to the public on April 3 and run through June 6, 2015. Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Goethe" by Andy Warhol

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

This exhibition features works by Andy Warhol, the principal figure of American Pop Art who was known for elevating aspects of popular culture and consumerism into the realm of “high art”. Photographs and Screenprints showcase two recent gifts to UMMA’s permanent collection from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in New York City, and marks the first time many of these works have been seen in Maine.

Included are Warhol’s screenprints of Sitting Bull, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and the artist’s iconic Flowers, 1970. Also featured is a selection of gelatin silver prints and Polaroid images of celebrities and socialites such as Farrah Fawcett, Candy Spelling, Pia Zadora and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West), among others.

Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints is funded in part by the University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Elizabeth Livingston: Dark Houses
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Night Fell" by Elizabeth Livingston

“Night Fell” by Elizabeth Livingston

New York-based artist Elizabeth Livingston often paints lone women in suburban and rural environments. While these women are depicted amongst the luxuries and comfort of domestic life, there is a feeling of isolation and an ominous undercurrent present in the paintings. As reflected in self-portraits of the artist sleeping nestled under plush bedding, Livingston points out that, “we are most vulnerable when we feel the most protected.” In these works, the artist places the viewer in the position of voyeur. We peer as if through a window into comfortable abodes for a glimpse of the inhabitants often pictured against backdrops of richly patterned wallpaper and domestic objects.

In Livingston’s recent scenes of country homes, where porch lights glow amidst a darkened landscape, she suggests, “they are both safe houses and defenseless outposts about to be consumed by night.”

Jennifer Caine: Amnesia
April 3 – June 6, 2015

"Boundaries #2" by Jennifer Leigh Caine

“Boundaries #2″ by Jennifer Leigh Caine

Often using oil paint combined with marble dust to achieve lustrous matte surfaces, Jennifer Caine’s paintings emerge from an accumulation of layers. While her works may initially find inspiration from specific memories, elements from the environment, or the line of a poem, the references become unrecognizable as they are embedded in the strata of paint. Layers are built up and stripped away through scraping and sanding to expose colors and marks from earlier iterations. Caine’s paintings are rooted in the passage of time, memory and the physical world. The artist states, “As memory is fluid and labile, so are my paintings, informed by current decisions as well as by the history and legacy of the underlying layers.”

Caine’s etchings are equally striking. The varied and decisive marks she employs in several images appear to be solely abstract, while in others seem to suggest the contour of forms existing in the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Maine Open Juried Art Show co-presented in Waterville

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street proudly co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now in its 25th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracted over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities and a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other media.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art, Maine State Credit Union and Bank of Maine, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $3000 in prizes was awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital ImageWorks, framing services from FrameMakers, Berry’s Stationers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works were presented to the winners.

Judges

  • Ramey Mize holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In her current capacity as the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, she assists with exhibitions, collection research, and both community and campus outreach initiatives.
  • Marsha Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, DC and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.
  • Lisa Wheeler, Program Manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception took place on Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Waterville Public Library. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award all month long. Library Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.  3 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waterville Main Street is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination. It is a nationally-certified Main Street ® Maine Program of the Maine Development Foundation.

Barbara Bean opens at Summer Island Studio

Barbara Bean at Summer Island Studio

“Studio Cyclamen” by Barbara Bean

Local Artist, Barbara Bean will be showing at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans for the month of April 2015. Artist Reception and Open House will be Saturday, April 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors-d’oeuvre will be served.

Barbara Bean has always been what she calls an art maker; she is inspired by the work of others and enjoys trying new materials. This show is combination of her sculptural assemblages created from found objects and her two dimensional works of mixed media on paper, both in a floral theme.

Bean’s work is more symbolic than representational and asks her viewers to enjoy the experience of entering a new world where there are no boundaries and no limit to what one can make with so little.